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Mark Ruebery vs Id Guinness; Mark Ruebery Id Guinness
Topic Started: May 31 2008, 07:19 AM (1,654 Views)
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Id Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush sampler

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Blimey, it's all gone a bit seventies melodic prog around here! Even more surprising as it seems that Mr Guinness has been knocking around the wilds of Canadia since the early eighties, a time I associate with bad ties and worse music.

But perhaps the horrors of the New Romantics never got that far as this sampler takes on us a tour around the better moments of Asia, the Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. Two of which are good things. The five tracks I was sent are all enjoyable with nary a dull moment in sight.

CD opener 'Rising River' is a bit of a misleading start, as it's the least proggish of all the tracks, but it's not long before the Steve Hackett guitar lines are starting to sweep in from all sides. Further down the line on 'The One That Got Away', it's Dave "David" Gilmour who pops in to leave some influence behind, something that comes to a peak on the title track 'Cure For The Common People'.

The songs are full of swooping, soaring melodies, designed for stadiums and spaceship props. Hopefully, with the recent rejunevation of the lush seventies sound, there will be some room set aside for Mr Guinness and his pompous free pomp.


Mark Ruebery - Album Sampler

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And now it's off to Welsh Wales for a taster of the forthcoming debut album from singer / songwriter Mark Ruebery. And blow me down with a male voice choir, if the 4 songs here aren't absolute peaches. For the benefit of any Welsh readers, a peach is a fruit. Oh, and fruit is, ach, never mind.

It's full on melodic mainstream rock, which has daytime Radio 2 written all over it, and if it falls into the right hands, there is absolutely no reason why Mr Rueberry shouldn't make a decent enough name for himself. One of those borderline prodigies, he's been playing music since he was knee high to a grasshopper, while the rest of you were out playing footie and pulling girls pigtails. But who's laughing now, eh? Who's got an album coming out while the rest of you are scooping fries, eh?

Rich in melody, the former Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama student has put together some delightful songs that lodge themselves straight into the memory, with feet tapping and humming along practically obligatory. A right wee show-off he's written or co-writtent the songs, co-produced and playing almost all the instruments, all topped off with a manly voice. None of that emo screeching here, thank you very much.

For those of you who like a good tune, well sung, albeit slightly old fashioned, Mr Ruebery seems to have just what you need


A tricky one, but a well played 2-2 draw.
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