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The Metronomad

Opening Doors

Review by Gary Hill

This is a pretty cool set. It has a lot of folk in the mix, but there is more here, too – from jazz to alternative rock and more. There is almost a charm to the fact that it feels just a little awkward at times. That makes it outside the box. I would also say that the spoken word piece here is something I’d recommend for the lyrical theme for just about anyone in the world these days. This artist definitely shows promise.

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Track by Track Review
Sun in a Small Sized Shot Glass

Bouncy and rather fun, this is an energetic and catchy alternative pop styled tune. It’s melodic and mellow and seems to have hints of both jazz and reggae. I love the wah guitar solo.

Ownership
Even mellower, this has a lot of folk music built into it. It starts mellower than it becomes, though.
Opening Doors
The title track comes in a bit more full in terms of arrangement. It has some country, Americana, folk and more in the mix. It gets more fully based on the same kind of alternative pop rock we’ve heard to this point. I’d say that of the three songs so far, this is the best.
Tonight (RADIO MIX)

I’d say this is the strongest thing we’ve heard so far. It’s more of a real rocker. Still, it shows some of the elements heard throughout.

Somewhere
Including harmonica, this is very much a roots music kind of piece. Yet, it also has a bit of an alternative groove to it.
Dear Listener
Somehow the half spoken vocals on this song make me think of the band Black 47, The music is just mellow acoustic guitar, though. I would say that the message of this song, the truth about Islam and Muslims, is a message that everyone in the world should hear. That’s particularly true of those who have chosen to believe that radical Muslims represent all of the religion. “This is a song of peace.” Robert Plant said that of “Stairway to Heaven,” but it clearly applies to this, as well.
Bonus Track! - Tonight (ROCK OUT MIX)
This is an extended version of the earlier track. It’s at least as good as the version.
 
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