|Artist:||Grey Lady Down|
|Label:||Cyclops CYCL 053|
|Year(s) of release:||1997|
|Month of review:||09/1997|
|3)||A Modern Day Cavalier||7.56|
|7)||Paper Chains (the Crime Part 3)||8.43|
Roller Coaster is not that strong a track IMO. The keys sound a little dated going back to Banks, while the drumming is not so varied in the first part of the track. The next part with double vocals is better and after the tempo gets higher, the "release" follows. The song has something manic in it.
A Modern Day Cavalier is a bit boring in the beginning, but certainly picks up at the end. It seems the song is about someone who died. The busy ending works like a climax. Final Decree is an aggresive track with Mark Kelly on the keyboards and a nice break into another melody after "Sucker".
Sliding is a rather atypical piece with distorted vocals that works quite well to enhance the sliding aspect of the main person of this song. It's full of atmosphere and has a good chorus. After some dissonance we get a more typical Grey Lady Down passage.
Usurper has something of One for the Vine in it. Not just the lyrics, but the entire track reeks of Genesis in both the guitar as well as the synth parts. The greek melody that is woven into it however is distinctly not like Genesis, but my comment stands.
Best track on the album is the third part of the Crime. Either the criminal is now in jail and his presence there bothers the persons who were involved with him or it just bothers some people that he still exists and can haunt them. lyrically, but it seems that our criminal is now in jail. Anyway, musically the epic is typical of GLD (the way I like them). The song is rather dark and threatening with a heavy pumping sound, and driven playing.