Echolyn: Cowboy Poems Free (CD, 59:14); Velveteen Records, VR2006-2, 2000 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cyberhome: http://www.echolyn2000.com 10 words or less: 6th and perhaps best album from this American ProgRock outfit. Elaboration: I have always been impressed by Echolyn's technical proficiency with their instruments. Underneath the layers of vocals on each of their albums there are musical passages of a Fusionesque skill level. When listening to any Echolyn album, one is immediately reminded of Yes and Gentle Giant in the vocal counterpoint and the overall preponderance of vocals in general. It is only for this reason that I would not recommend Echolyn to someone who prefers instrumental music. Echolyn's most widely distributed album was 1995's As the World on Sony records. Cowboy Poems Free show them as a much more mature band with a more textured and varied sound, interwoven by 4 instrumental segues referred to as Poems 1, 2, 3 and 4; these serve to give the album a thematic quality. Overall, Cowboy Poems Free is a strong effort and I highly recommend it to all fans of Yes and Gentle Giant. ~ L Perez
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