Tuesday, April 19, 2011

We Set the City on Fire with the Heart of the Child's Desire

Today's post is basically a plug for an amazing album.  Last Christmas, I was given a copy of  The Whirlwind by Transatlantic, and after several months, I am confident in saying that this is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard.  The songs on disk 1 represent a masterful blend of Kansas, Rush, Led Zeppelin, and of course Dream Theater (although not quite as heavy), and they flow together seamlessly.  Disk 2 is comprised of obscure cover songs, and it too is phenomenal.

Due to the musicianship and the rare combination of singability (without being annoyingly catchy), this album has vaulted up to the top spot in my road trip album list.  I'm frankly not surprised by this given that Mike Portnoy's genius is behind the band.

Below is a clip from one of the songs.  It kills me a little to give just a small taste from midway through the album, as with albums like this, I much prefer to listen from start to finish without a break.  However, the below should give you a little taste of the awesomeness that is this album.




And one from disk 2 (which need not be listened to in order in nearly the same sense as the first disk):




-FSG

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