Voyager- ‘Ghost Mile’

Ascension – Pleasant, ambient start, with gradual drum intro, before breaking into louder sections, alternated with alt sounding vocals. An unusual one for the rock genre, but it’s just perhaps more appropriate for the soft alt rock/pop rock genres. There is clear power and strength in the music, but it’s just an acquired sound and seems to reflect the atmosphere of ambient Mind Body Spirit music, for relaxation purposes than what you’d associate with hard rock, but that’s just the intro so far.

Misery Is Only Company – Again, one for the alt realms, but there’s an audible sense of emo, pop rock, reminding you of the new sounds of 80s/90s ‘Top Of The Pops’ material. Very derivative of generic commercialism, targeted towards less discerning audiences, but there’s still enthusiasm there in the physical delivery.

Lifeline – Now that’d definitely go down well in the natural world arena. It does liven up slightly, performance wise and the musicianship itself can’t be knocked, yet there is a stark blandness to it, it has to be said, which just doesn’t inspire enjoyment. Ironic, given the sunny lyrics.

The Fragile Something? (Fill in the blanks) – I’m beginning to think at least the introes to these tracks would go down well at the Sea Life Centre. Perhaps they were created in a similar environment or with one in mind. Yet again, you can hear musical talent within it, but it’s so sadly lacking in that joie de vivre so necessary for true pleasure and remembrance.

To The River – Okay, so there is a calming, soothing feel to the intro, which may work for some, but yet again, too much similarity between one track and the next and in fact, this track’s surprisingly short and ends so soon that you don’t actually get a chance to get into it at all. Wasted opportunities there.

Ghost Mile – Right! A definitely stronger, more powerful intro here. Better! That emphasis seems to lift the track up, slightly, until, ….. Oh they’ve done it again. Injected more of those bland, dismal notes and somehow, infused the whole thing with a flat, depressing feel, from which there’s no real escape. Yes, to be fair, it may be argued that that misery is somehow appropriate for the title, which it may well be, but again, despite the clear instrumental skill, it’s simply entrenched in drab greyness.

What A Wonderful Day – This creates more of a fairground music impression, which does definitely fit with its title and seems to remind me of the Dodgems. Still, though, there’s a dark shadow underlying the song, throughout. It may be a wonderful day, but it doesn’t feel like it.

Disconnected – Bloody Hell, it gets worse. I may as well climb into my own grave now. This is what you might call dark grey, in sound and feel. It just doesn’t provoke anything, but negativity. This is definitely one very apt title. Oh hang on, where’ve those sudden death metal roars come from? Why, in the middle of an album such as this? Or indeed, a track such as this? It’s just confusing and doesn’t work. At all. They don’t last long, though. It soon reverts back to type. At least Muzak fans might find something in it.

This Gentle E….. Guess the rest of the title again. Definitely much more corporate pop based than anything else. There are brief sporadic attempts to brighten up the tone, which could ALMOST work, for some, if it wasn’t for the overall whitewash effect, in an off-white colour, more grey than white. As was said at the outset, the full title isn’t even clear either. I can only guess at what may follow ‘This Gentle …’, but I don’t think I’ll bother.

As The City Turns – Opening with a novel and well performed, but ultimately, soul destroying piano section. Something could be done with the disco -like effects, if the melody was just remotely lively, but it just continually lets itself down, with the endless drudgery. Clearly entering the area of mind-numbing dance pop, rather than what could ever be called rock.

Overall – A bland, misery soaked, poor excuse for rock. I’d have had more fun cutting my toenails. Or possibly watching paint dry. Not to be altogether dismissive, there’s some obvious musical talent present in here, which could possibly work, if it was associated with music of life enhancing quality, with some form of uplifting vibes to focus on, but unfortunately, the entire album’s overshadowed by repetitive, dirge-like gloom. Avoid.

3/10 ***

For fans of commercial mainstream pop and uncategorised, genre-less music.

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