Steel Train

Album Title: Twilight Tales From The Prairies of The Sun
Release Date: April 19, 2005
Genre: Country Rock
Am I funky? Am I country? The boys from Steel Train tried to harvest a new sound on their album Twilight Tales From The Prairies of The Sun. To be honest, the CD sounds like an extensive jam session recorded without any editing. I guess it's up to you to decide if that's a good thing or not. The first three songs begin in a slow pace reflecting the band's country rock roots and then on track four Steel Train play a Latin and funk-influenced interlude. The strongest songs on the album "Grace" - a pretty piano piece - and "Blue" - a rock song with solemn vocals - seem to be the only songs that stay intact with consistent rhythm. Although the music is composed thoroughly, Scott Irby Ranniar's vocals meddle with the soft maracas and loose acoustic strums. There seems to be an underlying emptiness behind the album, as if there is something missing that is supposed to make everything connect. Sometimes if a band tries to blend too many types of music together, the essence becomes lost.

Writer: Mindi St. Amand

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