When it comes to liking music there are no hard and fast rules. We just like what we like and dislike what doesn't appeal to us. Trying to tell others why can be a difficult task. But whatever the criteria, it was love at first listen for Nice Beaver. Oregon instantly reminded me of an old 70s fusion group called Sweetbottom. The instrumentation is your basic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, drums, but these instruments fill the CD. The melodies and counter melodies move these songs along and keep the listener enthralled.
The opening track "Nights in Armour" is 12 minutes of pure joy. The songs fusion like opening moves into a nice straight-ahead prog-rock song and then ends with a nice jazz flow. The rest of the CD performs equally as well. From the sing along Gabriel influenced "Any Other Day" to the Camel-esque title track.
It is great to see progressive music reaching back yet continuing in new and unique ways. Oregon is the second full length CD from this group. It is mature and polished. In an industry where it is difficult to get noticed, here is hoping that many get turned on to this amazing effort. Recommended to any fan of Prog and/or Jazz tinged rock.
1) Nights In Armour (12:12)
2) Morphine (5:31)
3) Any Other Day (5:52)
4) Oregon (9:34)
5) The Beaver State (6:41)
6) Two Brides for Two Brothers (10:18)
7) Love On Arrival (5:48)
8) Lawn Mower's Day Off (10:14)