Comments for Crash And Ride Music The latest album reviews, concert reviews, and interviews of progressive and alternative rock and metal. Sun, 15 May 2016 01:33:14 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on About Me by considerthissound Sun, 15 May 2016 01:33:14 +0000 Thank you for following my blog! I love seeing others love for music, and an appreciation for sharing new music with others. I love the layout of your blog. Best wishes.

Comment on Album Review: Atmospheres – The Departure by Frank Exelmans Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:30:24 +0000 great review ! perfectly sommes up the intend of the songs and the album.
nice detail : the last concerts, they played “The Departure” and “The Arrival” back to back as the 2 last songs : wicked

Comment on Album Review: The Mute Gods – Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me by Jason Barton Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:30:14 +0000 I too think this is a great album,well done Nick!,roll on album no.2
Have missed Nick’s great vocals since 1983 when I was still at school
well done folks

Comment on Album Review: Dream Theater – The Astonishing by Crash And Ride Music Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:21:59 +0000 Great thought out response!

Comment on Album Review: Dream Theater – The Astonishing by MHStrawn Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:39:07 +0000 I commend Dream Theater for getting outside their comfort zone and trying something truly new. I felt that had been retreading well trod ground since Scenes From A Memory and things had grown very stale. I’d prefer they try something new like this, and perhaps fail, than just get regrugitating stuff they’ve already done.

And major, major props to James LaBrie. He does indeed give the performance of a lifetime; his vocal is easily the highlight of the entire work. Unfortunatley, the materail he’s given to work with is lacking in many way. What ways? Well, let’s count them:

1. Lyrics: simply they are embarrassing. Petrucci has no sense of subtlety, with wholly literal lyrics that renders the storey-telling dull. I find myself cringing at the junior-level lyrics frequently throughout the album.
2. Structure: concept albums are problematical because the artist’s are telling a story and that often means standard song structures don’t apply. Instead you often get bits and pieces of music that, on their own, don’t really stand up very well. Great concept albums, however, make this a strength by stitching the bits and pieces together in creative, pleasing ways. DT’s own Scenes album does this; The Wall and Operation Mindcrime are other good examples. Both use spoken-word or media snippets to not only transition from one piece to the next effectively but also supplement the story-telling. All of that is completely absent in The Astonishing. Instead we get dozens of musical snippets that often randomly organized; transitions are clunky or startling. The whole of a great concept album is better than the sum of its pieces whereas here the sum is less.
3. No songs. Another key to most concept albums is while there are musical bits here and there there’s also some great stand-alone songs. Comfortably Numb and Eyes of a Stranger for example. I’m not sure ANY of the songs here are anything better than meh on their own. Which means you need to listen to a 2 hour plus piece to hear it in its most pleasant setting…and who can do that?
4. Where’s the climax? I’ve listened six times….and whle disc one makes sense to me I have no idea what’s going on in Act Two. There is no climactic song or moment. EVERY great concept album has this. Suite Sister Mary, Comfortably Numb, the “perimeter walk” section of Blind Curve from Misplaced Childhood…I could go on and on. It’s just not here in the Astonishing.
5. Finally,. as this review mentions…this is largely a 2.5 person album. I feel like it’s a Petrucci / Rudess album and LaBrie is featured. Myung and Mangini, as great as they are, have nothing more than a hired hand role and that is sad considering DT’s roots.

All in all….again, I give credit for trying. But in the end a failure. I can’t imagine after digesting this a few more times really ever listening to the Astonishing or even individual songs from it.

Comment on Top 5: King Crimson Albums by Jim Sabiston Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:23:13 +0000 Excellent list from a band with a complex musical history. I would likely be inclined to go with the same five if pressed. Rich Bunker makes a very good point, though. Mr. Fripp is all about the dynamic of the live performance, and some of the bands best work is found in those live recordings. That said, when considering albums, I tend to prefer the more refined perfection of the studio albums and this is a very good selection for the top five.

Comment on Top 5: Best Dream Theater Albums by BassBangerEd Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:00:30 +0000 Mine would have to be:
5. Systematic Chaos
4. Octavarium
3. A Dramatic Turn of Events
2. Scenes from a Memory
1. Six Degrees of inner Turbulence

Comment on Top 5: King Crimson Albums by Crash And Ride Music Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:08:14 +0000 Thanks for the kind words! I typically stick to LP’s when making these lists, but there are definitely note-worthy live albums.

Comment on Top 5: King Crimson Albums by Rick Bunker Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:01:54 +0000 Wonderful topic, and brave presentation of your list (which can’t be criticized, it is a great list).

My list would have at least a couple of live albums, both because of my own taste, and also because I think of KC as a performing band more than as a studio band. And that is more of me and not KC, too, of course.

But “Heavy Construction” is probably my goto KC album now. And the live album from the ’93 or ’94 thanksgiving concerts in New York is also stunning.

Comment on Top 5: Best Opeth Albums by keepsmealive Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:33:34 +0000 Excellent list! Really hard to go wrong with Opeth, in general. I loved Watershed at top spot, but I would probably swap out Damnation and Pale Communion’s places. I love Damnation a little more. 😉