March 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Mark McGuire – Along the Way

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Mark McGuire
Along the Way
Dead Oceans
Street: 02.04
Mark McGuire = The Books + Tonight Sky
From the very beginning with the track “Awakening,” Along the Way vibes off fluid instrumentation, sort of how “Aqueous Transmission” by Incubus creates a meditative, stoner track to get you in the zone. Once in this mystical environment of sound, the songs meld from these liquid tracks to sounds that are more similar to ’80s hair-metal, with an intense electric guitar dominating the melodies. This contrast makes the album a journey into scenes that vary between feeling active and alert to passive and calm. “The Human Condition (Song For My Father),” with its layers of sound samples, was a fun composition to tune into. The vocals in this and the rest of the album were sparse enough to allow the songs to be open and flexible in their interpretations. –Brinley Froelich
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