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Leon Alvarado

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3 stars Journey into space

The structure of The Future Left Behind by Leon Alvarado is clearly modelled on Rick Wakeman's Journey To The Centre of The Earth with similarly styled narration alternating with instrumental music. Wakeman himself actually appears here as a guest contributing a Moog solo to the opening Launch Overture. The guitars are provided by another Yes-man in Billy Sherwood with the exception of the lovely acoustic guitar piece To Be Loved which is played by Johnny Bruhns (at some point Sherwood's band mate in Circa). Everything else is done by Alvarado who plays keyboards and drums among other things. The drums is the weakest link in the sound and it would have been much advisable to hire another drummer for the proceedings. The narration is well done and the story paints a bleak picture of our planet's future albeit with some silver linings. Still, as is often the case with narration on music albums, it tends to get tedious on repeated listens. Thankfully the narration is isolated to separate tracks that can easily be programmed out leaving around 35 minutes of decent instrumental music.

Hardly a groundbreaking release, but pleasant enough.

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