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Sergiy: The Mirror
Ukrainian born Sergiy Matvyeychenko is a Ukrainian born singer/songwriter/actor who now resides in North Carolina. The Mirror is his first release.
Let me first say this is as far removed from the progressive rock genre as you are likely come across on this site. Upon first listening to The Mirror I was unsure what to make of it. It is not a bad record, just one that I would not expect to come across as a reviewer of progressive music. However, to slough something off on the basis of genre would not be fair so I decided to give The Mirror a fair shot. While this is not something I would generally pull out from my music collection, for a pop album it is actually pretty good.
The album consists of fifteen songs, all one to four minutes in length. If you are expecting complicated music you might as well stop reading this review right now. Sergiy's heavy accented voice did take some time getting used to but it did grow on me and he does show a sense of humour. Sergiy's lyrics, like his music, are simple vignettes painting pictures of everyday life. Most songs are centered around his acoustic rhythms and they often have a folky quality.
The album's first song is the catchy "Let's Play Hockey" and could be thought as the Russian version of Stompin' Tom Connors' "The Hockey Song".
"From Russia With Love" with its choppy rhythms and tongue and cheek humour has a gypsy flavour.
"No More" has a country feel while "Know What You Are" features some pretty good lead guitar.
This album will not blow anybody away musically but if you are looking for pop music in the lighter side of the spectrum and appreciate a sense of humour you just might like this. Just know this has nothing to do with progressive rock.
1. Let's Play Hockey
2. I'm Finally Off
3. From Russia With Love
4. Safe Place
5. No More
6. Know What You Are
7. Life Is Good
8. City Cop
9. Love, I Miss You
10. Your Love Keeps Me Warm
12. Happy New Year
13. From Russia With Love (Russian)
14. This Is Part Of My Life
15. Happy Birthday
Added: January 15th 2012
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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