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Turn to Fall — For the Fairest
((Not on label) no#, 2007, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2008-10-01

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Turn to Fall is a Seattle-based band that falls into the same general category of contemporary alternative prog that houses The Mars Volta (though less frenetic), Coheed and Cambria (less emo and epic), and so on. In short, it rocks enough to avoid the accusations of pretense that haunted classic prog, and is complex enough to avoid the accusations of boneheadedness that haunt mainstream rock in the eyes of classic prog listeners. While there is certainly a fair amount of classic prog in their background, they do not fit into the camps of prog metal, neo-prog, or retro-prog, so to my ears they join that class of bands who craft complex but not fetishistic music without falling into clichés. This category includes Porcupine Tree, Pineapple Thief, and a few others. Guitars are the main focus instrumentally, with keyboards appearing sparingly, and the vocals are uniformly strong. One odd (and kind of nice) thing is that while there are plenty of good guitar solos and tricky rhythm parts, it never comes off as overly flashy. They never fall into a rut, even when they come up with a really good riff, and they keep things interesting with plenty of changes. No reason why this band couldn’t do well at a festival, and no reason why they couldn’t do well outside of the festival circuit.


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