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More, Tom: Self Evident Truths

Tom More is a self confessed independent progressive rock multi-instrumentalist based out of Dallas Texas. According to his press release the lyrical themes on his debut CD entitled Self Evident Truths revolve around "our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and our struggle to actualize those in the tumult of modern life". His bio also states that he plays bass for prog band Supernal Endgame.

On Self Evident Truths More assumes all the instrumentation, including the lead vocals, save for the majority of the guitar solos which are performed by a handful of guest musicians. All though I wouldn't say that this eight song album displays a lot of progressive rock qualties , there is a degree of prog running through these tracks. These compositions are all peppered with accessible sounding melodies and arrangements, proving that More is both a competent musician and songwriter, not to mention he has surrounded himself with some very solid guitar players, who turn in some great solos when called upon. If there is a noticeable weak link on Self Evident Truths it has to be More's vocals. As competent a musician that he is, his lead vocals are not what I'd call his strong suit, and I have to be honest in saying that his lack of vocal prowess marred my overall listening experience. Another of More's obvious strong points is his penchant for writing intelligent lyrics so I found it to be real shame that he didn't opt to have someone come in to really belt out these socially conscious lyrics of his. In the end I think this would have easily elevated these compositions to the next level and boosted its overall ranking by one star.

Track Listing
2) Heaven Knows
3) Self-Evident Truths
4) Whose Taboos
5) Coming of Age
6) A Perfect World
7) Indignities We Bear
8) Discord

Added: October 13th 2010
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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