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Once and Future Band: Deleted Scenes (album review by Christa V.)

Once and Future Band is a prog rock quartet with clear 70s influences. There are killer guitar solos (“Problem Addict”), and plenty of synth melodies(“Several Bullets” and “Deleted Scenes”). Multiple tracks also feature a horn section, giving it a jazzy feel (“Freaks” and “The End and the Beginning”). Abouthalf of the album consists of instrumental tracks (songs 2, 4, 6, and 9) while the rest range from total bops like “Andromeda” to a more relaxed feel in“Airplane.” The instrumental tracks (other than 9) would be great for talking over. The last track, “The End and the Beginning,” is an incredible song. It isentirely instrumental, starting with a chill piano solo and steadily building in intensity until about the 6 minute mark. There it shudders to a halt and recapitulates the beginning. Very cool album, definitely some gems in here. Favorite tracks: 1, 5, 9

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