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Navigator: ReEvolution Vol. One

Thanks to weathered, distinct vocals and euphoric, dominant keyboards, the American power trio Navigator (now a duo, by the way) sounds like an organic mating of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis and Neal Morse-era Spock's Beard. Multiple textures, odd rhythms and meters, grand atmospheric melodies and of course a concept make ReEvolution Vol. One a classic proghead's sonic fantasy, despite the album being only available on CDR with limited packaging.

That will change, however, when Navigator wraps up ReEvolution Vol. Two and gives both CDs a proper release. We'll save details about the concept until we review Vol. Two slated to be issued later in 2004 or early 2005, but suffice to say that it's epic in nature. Marc Perricelli, who handled lead vocals, synth basses and keyboards on Vol. One, has since departed the band, leaving drummer Rob Thurman to take over the microphone on the sequel, with Michael Soro on guitars. No word yet on whether the band plans to add other musicians for Vol. Two.

Some listeners may already be familiar with Navigator's work from its appearance on the two-disc CPR project, which features 18 Christian-centric progressive-rock songs. The band contributed "Traveling Through the Earth," easily the most accessible song from Vol. One. But regardless of this CD's spiritual overtones (and a little self-indulgent rambling) there's plenty here to like.

Here's to Vol. Two

Track Listing:
1) Sword of Endeavor (6:41)
2) The Telling (3:13)
3) Capacities (6:12)
4) Sage of My Time (5:19)
5) Ancient Days (3:23)
6) From Within (3:19)
7) Inspirational Will (3:50)
8) To Begin (6:00)
9) Season of Life (4:36)
10) Overload (4:56)
11) Traveling Through the Earth (7:54)

Added: September 30th 2004
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Navigator Web Site
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