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05 March 2013 @ 07:49 pm
Bogdan Ota - Day Of Wrath
Album Review by: Andrea Guy

At first listen Day Of Wrath may seem like a score to an action film, or some supernatural flick where evil is out to ruin the world.

Storms seem to be brewing in the first notes of "Black Friday." It is obvious that this piece is about something more ominous than the start of the holiday shopping season. The music is a reflection of several points of history, Good Friday included where bloody acts took place on a Friday.

The music is dark and sinister sounding. It creates a mood that let's you know that death is near.

"Mourning" is the next piece. The piano and strings convey the sadness of the song. It truly brings forth the feelings of those grieving the loss of a loved one, in the case of this song, Jesus.

The title track is truly fearsome and at times soothing. "The Day Of Wrath" is about The Judgment Day. The first half of the song perfectly illustrates the destruction of the world as we know it. The melody is fierce and dark. About midway through, the music shifts to something lighter where paradise has been found and sorrow will cease.

All of the music on Day Of Wrath is emotionally driven and powerful. "The Story Of My Life" is one such piece. The brass and the percussion are so strong at times, you can feel your heartbeat quicken just listening.

"Glimpse of Happiness" is a turning point in the tone of the music. The music is a reflection of love in the course of ones life. The melody is soothing and the piano is the perfect instrument to reflect that emotion.

Perhaps after you glimpse happiness, you'll need "Solitude" to take it all in. The instrumentation on this song is very simple and very solitary to begin with. As it progresses the melody becomes more intense and complex.

"Harald's Dream" is a song that tells a story on its own. It is based on a love story between a prince of Avar and a beautiful princess with golden hair.

"Fantasy For Piano and Orchestra" is just as it sounds, a beautiful piece of music that takes the listener to a land of happily ever after. It is a dreamy sounding song full of hope and possibilities. The music seems to spill out in waves.

As much as "Fantasy" is full of hope, "Reverie" is full of reflection. It is a quieter piece, almost somber, but not quite, with the piano again in the forefront. The melody is somber, which is perfect for looking back on things that once were or could've been. Bogdan, describes it as looking at door that is forever shut.

Edgar Allen Poe's poem of the same name is the inspiration for "A Dream Within A Dream." When you think of Poe, you think of things of a darker, spookier nature, yet this song is light, with a relaxing melody. The sweeping melody speaks of a perfect love that doesn't exist

Just as the album opens a crash of thunder rolls by in the opening strains of "Sahara." This is a haunting middle eastern melody. It is a touch of world music, on an album that is primarily orchestral.

Each piece of music found on Day of Wrath is full of emotion and tells a story. This is more than just instrumental music that can play idly in the background. Bogdan Ota has created a masterpiece of sound that fills your ears with breathtaking beauty. This is music that you can't forget once you've heard it, and once you've heard it, you'll want to play it again and again.

Rating 5 (out of 5 stars)
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Gloriana - A Thousand Miles Left Behind
Album Review by: Andrea Guy

There's been a big gap between Gloriana's debut and their sophmore effort A Thousand Miles Left Behind. In that time, Cheyenne Kimball, though her vocals are still present on "Wanna Take You Home." Her departure has left a trio who now sound a little too much like Lady Antebellum as you can here in their latest single, "(Kissed You) Good Night" where Rachel Reinhart sounds suspiciously like Hillary Scott.

Even though the band can now be labeled as Lady A lite, A Thousand Miles Left Behind is still an album that country fans will embrace, or at least fans of country/pop. Gloriana still come through with beautiful harmonies and catchy lyrics. These are songs that you want to sing along to, and because they a have that infusion of pop music, the songs aren't overly twangy.

"Doin' It Our Way" is the perfect feel good song. It is a youthful song. "Wanna Take You Home" is as well, but this song feels like an extension of "Wild At Heart" which is a bit disappointing. "Go On...Miss Me" is another miss. This song in particular feels like a Lady A cast off.

Getting past those disappointments is easy though, with songs like "I Can't Shake You." This song really works the mandolin.

Like so many country artists they go down Patriotic Highway with "Soldier Song." What sets this song apart from so many other songs promoting the good ole U.S.A. is that doesn't have a political message or a even a go out and kick the enemy's butts message. Overall it is a wonderful song that pays tribute to the men and women that serve.

The band does some melt your heart ballads too like "Turn My World Around" and "Carolina Rose." These two songs let you see the softer side of the two primary vocalists, Rachel Reinhart and Tom Gossin.

Gloriana will win your heart with their harmonies and catchy lyrics and that is one thing that is in abundance on this album. Sure the songs may be as interchangeable as the average pop song, but unlike the pop songs, Gloriana's country folk songs aren't clichéd.

This band could have disbanded after Cheyenne deserted them, but instead they soldiered on, and truthfully, you won't even miss her from the line up.

Gloriana is a band for young country fans, and you can hear it in their music. It is light fluffy country, along the lines of what you get from Taylor Swift. It is fun to listen to but it isn't something that is going to stick with you long term.

Tom, Mike and Rachel have a great chemistry and their songwriting skills show promise. If they can stick together they may be a force to reckon with.

Genre: Country Pop
Sounds Like: Lady Antebellum
Label: Emblem
Buy: Amazon
Released: July 31, 2012
Rating: 8/10
Listen: Kissed You (Goodnight)
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24 October 2012 @ 06:28 am

I pick a song... Then you suggest the next song whose first letter is the last letter of my song. Then someone else suggests a song, with the last letter of your song... And so on.

For example: I pick Kiss My Sass by Cobra Starship. And then you would pick: Swing, Swing by All American Rejects and then the next person would pick Good Girl Gone Bad by Rihanna and so on and so on. I used colors so that you can see how the last letter of the song is the same first letter of the next song. :D

Got all that? Good.

Feel free post the link or embed a youtube video.

Here's a song to get you started: Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
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