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Magellan

Keep It (Digital Single)

Review by Vivian Lee

Bay Area progmetallers Magellan's single "Keep It,” at just slightly over six minutes long evokes the saying about good things and small packages. 

Looking strictly in terms of length, the track is small by prog rock standards but still lyrically and melodically strong (and far longer than most hit singles), particularly in the vocal harmonies shared by the Gardner brothers during the chorus ("Now listen son/take a quantum leap / Life is hard to hold / Even harder to keep") and the keyboards that take a prominent place to the ear. 

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2012  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Keep It

It's hard to avoid comparisons to Kansas while hearing this song, especially after just having heard the band cover "Dust in the Wind" so amazingly.  It really does seem that Magellan is channeling one of their major influences, but it doesn't detract from the strength of the song.

(Editor's Note - Music Street Journal is set up for the allocation of albums, not singles - particularly not one-song singles. So, in the instances, like this one, where we've covered single song releases, we've had to make some adaptations for formatting. In the case of this one, just imagine both track review and overall review reading as one set of copy. )


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