|Arabesque: The Union|
|2003, Lion Music, LMC 2216 2|
The Union from European hard rock group, Arabesque, is a collection of progressive rock vocal-centric tracks with a tendency toward hard-edged metal backing. The songs are presented mainly in a radio-rock format with vocals fronting the instrumentation, though the rhythmic content is a little heavier than most radio rock heard on the radios nowadays. The singing is reminiscent of the sound of Triumph and Rush with the falsetto vocals that are featured. The radio song format and featuring of the vocals and lyrics seems to be the focus of the group with any instrumental assertion being secondary, though the album does have moments that hint at some dormant instrumental talent being repressed by the format.
Overall, the lack of any captivating musical themes and absence of instrumental soloing made this album disappointing. But, listeners that are not so interested in the instrumental aspects of this type of radio rock may take an interest in these vocal-centric arrangements set to hard-edged, crunching guitar rhythm work.
On the scale of "into it", I was "not very" on this one. The music just failed to capture my attention with anything instrumentally intensive or musically interesting to me. My apologies to the group in advance for any slight to their hard work on an effort that is well-produced.
|~ Christopher Ruel ~ www.ChrisRuel.com ~ Chris@ChrisRuel.com ~ November 2003|
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