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Curved Air: North Star

North Star

(Curved Air)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

They first came on the music scene back in 1970 and played until 1976 but Curved Air stopped playing for many years and it wasn't until 2008 that they got back to playing music. Now for the first time since 1976 the original members of Curved Air, Sonja Kristina and Florian Pilkington-Miksa have got together to produce the new album North Star. This is the first studio album with new songs from the band since 1976 and they don't waste any time bringing back the feel of the 70's in this new album. North Star is an album that mixes the groove of the 70's while playing it to a jazz tune.

North Star has a unique sound going for it that brings back a style of music from many years ago into the current time frame while also having a slightly current sound blending in as well. I'd never heard of the group Curved Air but when listening to North Star I got a taste of what their music was like back in the 70's That's because this band brings that sound back to now with these songs. This is not a retro album, this is a band that played back then and are back together to play that way again today. The sounds being used on this album are unique blend of styles as well as time periods.

There's a good funky beat going on in every one of these songs, one that has a groove as well as being filled with the sound of a paste age. My one and only problem with this album is that at times the vocals are not matching the tempos of the instruments. I really enjoyed hearing how Curved Air has put in the 70's sound in their music but it's the jazz moments in the instruments that don't match the vocals. It's almost matching, for the most part they do, but there are those moments when they don't. Still, it's an album that has been pieced together well for the modern age to get a taste of some past music that's new. The songs are lively, they have good beats, the vocals are raw and real instead of being digitized to sound better, and North Star gives a different sound of songs to listen to. As a side note, I really liked the cover to the CD as well as having the lyrics included in the pamphlet.

Lee Roberts
Review by Lee Roberts
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