Truth in Advertisement — Balance
(Virtue Music vmcd 9601, 1996, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-05-04
Balance is the debut solo effort of Truth in Advertisement a.k.a. Mark Reynolds, an accomplished progressive rock and jazz drummer living in Seattle. In addition to drums Mark also sings and plays keyboards, synths, and tapes. Though drums do not stand out above the music, they do dominate each of the 10 songs, which is novel with today’s music. Mark is an excellent drummer and his music is surprisingly good, with just the right blend of jazz and progressive rock. His use of quirky sound bites peppered throughout the disc reminds me of Bill Nelson. In the promotional material Mark states that Balance expresses the ideals of striving for the Perfect Life and that he arranged the songs to emulate the dynamics of daily living. I don’t know if I would go that far, but the music does flow nicely from song to song and I find the final song "Ponderances on Things Above" to be the best song on the disc. The water sounds and Gina Scollard’s voice are just the right elements to accompany Mark’s keyboards and drums. Balance is a noteworthy debut effort by an independent artist.
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