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Dale Nickey

Time Takes No Prisoners

Review by Gary Hill

This EP is intriguing. It’s got an interesting blend of progressive rock and psychedelic flavors, with a few other things thrown into the mix here and there. I’m not sure everything here qualifies as prog, but most of it does. It’s generally pretty mellow with most of the music acoustic based.

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Track by Track Review
Sleeping...

Starting rather mysterious and quite rhythmic, from there it launches into a lush jam that’s psychedelic, progressive and has a lot of world music in the mix. As the vocals join it feels a bit like 1980s music in some ways. There is also a bit of a Doors element somehow. There is a real soaring psychedelic texture later, too.

Last Lonely Eagle
There’s a bit of a bluesy jazz vibe to this understated piece. It might not be the most fully progressive rock oriented thing here, but it’s got some of that element going for it, too.
Stained Glass Heart
To me this feels kind of like a more acoustic based Doors gone progressive rock. It’s a cool tune and has some nice spacey elements. It’s one of the highlights of the set. 
Factory Floor
More purely progressive rock like, this still has elements of retro rock. It’s a cool tune. 
Sensitive Mind
A folky, bluesy cut, this isn’t progressive rock at all. It’s a stripped down acoustic guitar and vocal arrangement. 
Lynnssong
Spacey and a bit weird, this is intricate and somehow pretty. It’s quite firmly set in a progressive rock format. It’s another highlight of the set.
Sadness In Your Smile
Pretty and quite intricate there are parts of this that have that Doors turned prog feeling. This stretches far beyond that, though. It’s got the most complex arrangement of the whole set. Female vocals add a nice touch and this is arguably the best cut on the album.
Time Takes No Prisoners
This hard rocker doesn’t have a lot of progressive rock built into it, but there’s some. I can hear a good deal of glam rock like Mott the Hoople here, though.
 
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