Hughes Hall: Pacifica; (CD, 46:12) Independent Records, Inc., IR01342, 2000 Cyberhome: http://www.HUGHESHALL.com Hughes Hall’s Pacifica release is a softer progressive, dream-rock saunter and jog, laid-back and upbeat groove. Blend Bruce Hornsby, Peter Buffet, Mike Oldfield, and Paul Speer styles into one visual music package and you gain a glimpse of the Hall way. Being a soundtrack composer with credits including Dark City, helps one understand the high calibre of music found here. Hall is a multi- instrumentalist/composer/producer and pulls it off with ease. Jeff Stott co- writes and adds guitar to one song. In fact, all guitar work by Hall is splendid, sometimes restrained, at times a distant howl, or a slide-voiced reverie recalling Clapton’s “Layla”. The building of textures and layering in of various instruments suggests the art rock/ Oldfieldian gestalt on many tracks with that post-80's, nouveau age, rock instrumental, mini-epic odyssey evident. Ergo, not mainstream . . . Hall easily passes similar artists on the guitar-driven rock, easy-go highway as his material is actually interesting and gets somewhere vs. find a simple theme and jam all over it. Hall writes well and executes it precisely and crisply without the usual fret-flash fanfare. He is relaxed in his art. Ten radio-ready tunes ranging 3:42 to 5:32 await the airwaves. Take a cruise with Hall, top down, doing the gangsta lean in your phat machine and slip away into the oceanside’s twilight-litten byways. You will be renewed and inspired to hit replay and take the long way home . . . ~ John W. Patterson, EER-MUSIC.com
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