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LABEL: ESCAPE MUSIC
Produced by: Mike Walsh
It took me a few listens to get my head around the new Departure album. But thereafter, this album becomes quite essential.|
The guys have completely outdone their debut album, with clearly better songs, a tighter production and better sound all round.
The guys head the list of new pomp/prog/aor acts like Shotgun Symphony and The Promise.
Their sound mixes influences of past pomp-sters Kansas, Yes, Styx and Rush with the more modern progressive and pomp bands such as Dream Theater.
There is a big 70s influence over their sound and lead vocalist Dave Baldwin has a distinct Geddy Lee / James LaBrie feel to his vocals.
On Fair Warning you can hear what I mean, while Hard To Say No is the most Rush like tune.
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DISCOGRAPHY:Departure . Open Your Mind