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BIG BEAUTIFUL NOISE
 
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ANDREW ROUSSAK
Storm Warning
(2019 - Melodic Revolution Records - USA)

https://andrewroussak.bandcamp.com/album/storm-warning

Germany's Andrew Roussak (composer, keyboardist) has put out consistently good progressive rock whether it be his excellent solo releases, or with the more aggressive bands Witchhouse, Undercover,  Leslie Boogie Trio, United Soul Opera, his works with Nadia Ayche. or his band Dorian Opera. His debut solo 'No Trespassing' (Mals- 2008) was impressive and brought back the classic greatness of the progressive 1970's high points. Fans of that will be pleased with his newest (and 4th) solo 'Storm Warning', which introduces some different guests than his debut. As usual, Roussak composed, recorded, produced, and mastered everything except one tune ('Can She Excuse My Wrongs' by John Dowland).

Keeping with this superb collection of the finest progressive keyboardist influences such as Rick Wakeman, Rick van der Linden, Keith Emerson, Geoff Downes, Ton Scherpenzeel, Jordan Rudess, Tony Banks, and Duncan MacKay; Roussak takes it up a notch on 'Storm Warning'. With some very modern techniques, effects, and arrangements, there is never a dull moment. All instruments played or programmed by Andrew Roussak. Backing vocals – Andrew Roussak Guest musicians: Nadia Ayche – lead vocals on Chasing Shadows Max Kottler – lead vocals on Left Alone Outside Selina Waidmann – lead vocals on Malta Sketches (Sunset in Valetta) Oli Weislogel – guitar solos on Left Alone Outside, Chasing Shadows, Sunset in Valetta. Equipment used: Kurzweil PC3, Hammond XK1, KAWAI MP7, Access Virus KC, Creamware Noah Software: Cakewalk SONAR X1 Pro, MusicLab, Native Instruments, Toontrack, IK Multimedia. Mastering software: IK Multimedia Lurssen Mastering Console.

Much of the album is all instrumental deluxe, but the select vocal parts are outstanding. From stadium sized to heavenly, the female parts are dreamy. The listener will be thrilled with acrobatic keyboard action, some powerful stimulating passages, and plenty of changes along the way. A top of the line release, with grand use of multiple textures, smart combinations, dynamics galore, and adventurous pleasure. A beauty!  RECOMMENDED.

   ©Reviewed by Lee Henderson 7 - 01 - 2019