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OWLAWOL

Rikk Eccent

 

Crossover Prog

3.42 | 5 ratings

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ProgShine
4 stars I like Rikk Eccent's music, which is funny, because his style of writing and recording are, usually, not the kind of Progressive Rock I hear.

But there was something on his first record, The Garden of Delights, that made me pay attention on his music and quite enjoy it. Upon receiving his second record (somewhere in 2016) I got excited, but life got in the way and I just couldn't focus in any reviews so his record was standing on my shelf for some (long) time, this week I finally gave it a few spins to be able to write something about it.

Kimmo Salmela, is the man behind the project, and deals with everything on the album: guitars, keyboard, programming, vocals, some drumming, etc. He also wrote, arranged, produced and engineered everything. Those who know a bit about music from Finland may recognize him, since he was involved with bands like JSS and Päät (in the 80's) and Poverty Stinks (in the 90's).

If his work in his first album, The Garden of Delights, was unique because of the blend of different styles, tying everything with his own sound, I believe he just made it stronger in OwlAWOL.

The album has a style that ties everything together, and it is, indeed, very Proggy, but at least for me, there's no other band to compare his work with. His way of mixing this kind of guitar driven music, Synth Pop, Prog Rock and loads of keyboards and programming make it sound pretty 'weird' from a Prog Rock perspective, but still absurdely enjoyable and interesting.

The opening 'Real' is a bit weak, and I admit I got a bit disappointed by it, but listening to it for a second time made me, I don't know, get used to it, I guess, weird actually. Then 'I Feel Free' comes in and it a won game, Rikk got it! And his version of David Essex's 'Rock On (here named 'Prog On', of course) is just spot on!

If there was any doubt about the album by its half all doubts would go away with the amazing 'Fare Well' and 'Higher Ground'. 'Loser's Game' is a bit 'slow', what I mean is that it takes a few spins for you to actually enjoy it. But I have to say that the closer track ' Tomorrow Is Slow to Come' is for me very uninspired, and for me it shouldn't be the one closing the album.

At the end of the day I believe OwlAWOL is better than Rikk's first album and I believe there's enough depth in the album for you to listen to it again and again, I know I will!

ProgShine | 4/5 |

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