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Pinder Brothers

Melancholy Sea

Review by Gary Hill

This is a band made up of two brothers with the last name “Pinder.” That makes the name of the band pretty appropriate. It just so happens that their father is Mike Pinder best known as one of the long time members of the Moody Blues. Those expecting music like that will be disappointed, though. These guys produce their own brand of pop music. I guess my biggest problem with the set is that it’s a bit clichéd and not adventurous. Still, they will likely develop a more unique and original sound as they continue to ply their art. This is entertaining as it is.

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Track by Track Review
Same Mistake

As this opens it has a bit of a proggy vibe. The cut works out to more of a bouncing pop rock style. There are hints of 1960s music for sure, but this quite modern in a lot of ways. There is some tasty guitar work later. I like this song a lot. It drifts back to 60s stuff at the end.

Pale December
More of a ballad, picked guitar starts this. It works out from there. There are sections that rock out more, too. Like the previous song, this returns to the beginning to end.
Talk to You
The opening section is hard rocking and energized. It drops back for the vocals. This is a purely modern pop rock song. It’s not bad, but it’s kind of generic. This has its moments, but it’s one of the weaker numbers on the disc.
Trust Being You
I love the guitar riff that starts this one. The cut is more of a stripped back old school rocker. Sure, it’s still modern overall, but this has a lot of Tom Petty like rock and roll sound built into it. It’s one of the highlights here, really.
Last Days of Summer
Alternative rock and modern pop music merge here. This is another strong cut. It’s catchy and has some substance. I particularly like the guitar soloing on this number.
Driving You Home
The vocal arrangement on this is great. It’s a good combination of classic rock sound with modern pop and some hints of psychedelia.
Crash Down
There is some funk in the mix on this. It’s a high energy modern pop rock tune. The guitar solo section even reminds me of Queen a little bit. I dig the keyboard solo, too. This is one of the strongest songs here.
Pictures of Rachel

Modern pop rock, this is a little generic. Still, it’s pretty strong. It’s just not a standout.

Here We Go
The balance between mellower and more rocking territory is good here. Some of the vocal arrangements work quite well, too. Beyond that, this is a little formulaic.
Overboard
A bit more classic in sound, this works well. It’s hook laden and energetic. It’s also effective.
Summer Moon
They saved the best for last. This has a great progressive rock kind of vibe. It’s a slower moving song with a lot going for it.
 
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