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Illusion: Turbulence and Tranquility

Originally formed 30 years ago in the Midwest capitol of rock and roll, Detroit, Michigan, Illusion is a band that has flown under my radar until now. Playing an old style rock and roll with some progressive overtones, Illusion is a band that seems to be caught in a time warp. The sound is mid 70's and covers the gamut from acoustic mellowness to hard rock and roll. Lead singer Doug Tucker reminds me of Arlo Guthrie and on lighter songs like "Die A Little More Tonight", the folkish start to "Bible Black" and "His Shell" you will think that parts of this disc were recorded at Alice's Restaurant.

When the band turns to the more progressive metal style like on "Immaculate Deception" and "A Winter's Tale" this is where they shine. Allowing guitarist John Patrick to strut his stuff, these songs show promise and what they are capable of. I certainly hope that they go more in this direction.

The remainder of the disc is filled with decent rock and roll in varying degrees and even though I cannot find any songs that are bad, I cannot find any that grab you either. The main attraction is when they let Patrick loose with his six string. He is dynamite and makes this one a good disc but for the most part it is pretty run-of-the-mill rock and roll from a decent band.

Track listing:

1. Now Is The Nothing
2. Bible Black
3. I Am What Might Have Been
4. Of Time And The River
5. You Lied
6. All too clearly
7. The Despised
8. Tapping
9. Immaculate Deception
10. Die A Little More Tonight
11. A Winter's Tale
12. Nevermore
13. His Shell

Added: June 13th 2010
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: Band's Official Site
Hits: 2115
Language: english

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