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This is the Color of My Dreams

Review by Gary Hill

Electronic pop music is the concept here. There is a range within that heading, but overall that sort of title fits. There isn’t a ton of change amongst many of the songs, yet it never feels redundant. This is just great pop music, really.

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Track by Track Review
Sound the Alarm

Electronic, dramatic and quite pretty, this is great stuff. It’s sort of somewhere between a modern progressive rock and electro-pop music. At times the vocals make me think of Sting.

Breach
A bit more of a rocker, this is more pure pop in nature. It’s catchy and a lot of fun. It has a lot of energy to it. I love the soaring keyboard layers and the multiple layers of vocals, though.
Stardust
Although there are no huge changes here, this one has a lot of pop elements. It feels a little over produced at times, though.
I Won't Let Go

This is another effective dosage of electronic pop music. It’s just fun.

The Feel of Not to Feel It

We get more of the same. I like the vocal hooks on this one a lot, though and it really has a lot of charm.

White as Bones
I love the keyboard sound on this. The song is a powerful one that works really well. It’s almost classical in some ways. It’s also one of the best tunes here. The vocals, the song itself and the instrumental textures just work so well together. It gets quite lush in tgxture near the end.
150
The best was saved for last. This is more electronic in some ways. It reminds me of both Oasis and Muse in different ways. The vocal line is powerful and the song is packed with emotion.

 

 
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