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Apple Pie

 

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3.87 | 108 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars Crossroadīs is the debut album from the russian band Apple Pie. Itīs really nice to see that the Russian prog rock scene is producing more and more professional sounding bands. Apple Pie sounds very professional even though Crossroads have a couple of flaws that keeps it from being excellent.

The music is very inspired by Spockīs Beard and Dream Theater ( Scenes From a Memory, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and there are numerous examples throughout the album where I think I have heard the riffs before. A song like Nothing is bit too close to Dream Theaterīs Another Day with the sax solo in the end and Temptation with itīs brass arrangement smells a bit too much of the James Labrie fronted Mullmuzzlerīs Beelzebubba song from the Keep It to Yourself album. Itīs not a complete ripp-off though. The music is very well played and composed and that saves this from being a bad clone experience. I have to mention that Crossroads is a concept story and Iīm sorry to say that itīs a really pathetic seaching for the meaning in life/ praise God like story and Iīm sick to my stomach whenever I listen to the lyrics. Still got my Faith in You is the worst example here with the gospel choir in the background.

The musicians are very well playing and itīs one of the most enjoyable things about Apple Pie. They are really good musicians.

The production is very good even though I miss the bass in the soundscape sometimes.

One of the previous reviewers nailed it very good when he wrote Images and Beards as a headline to his review. If Apple Pie wants more than 3 star ratings for making good compositions and playing them with conviction they need to make original music and keep away from the most obvious influences. I was even considering a 2 star rating because this is really not more than a good clone band, but on the other hand they are really good so Iīll go for a small 3 star rating.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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