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Preacher - SignalsIf we’re undeniably comparing to Pink Floyd, Signals is without a doubt ’s dark side debut. Replacing the jazzy instrumentals and at times, overwhelming psychedelia in favor of a more bluesy rock structure, Signals stills sounds eerily similar to Floyd’s most commercially successful album. However, whereas Dark Side of the Moon picks you up off the ground and hurdles you into space, Signals sends you into a full revolution. With god-like vocals undeniably akin to guys like David Bowie and Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen, lead singer Martin Murphy onsets the mysterious tone and extraterrestrial atmosphere of the album with the introduction of Time and Jupiter, which both employ a rather avant-garde assimilation of delicate piano, loud rhythmic timbre, and reverberating instrumentals. To keep up the pace and keep you guessing, breaks into The Sea, which showcases a much more unpolished Murphy, as well as Friends of My Dreams in which his raw vocals closely resemble the gritty shouts of Joe Cocker or even the deep growl of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Signals then erupts into a stirring melodic rock crescendo with their signature song, Our Destiny, and finally, I Will Be There. Matching the musical expertise of Arnie Burgoyne (keyboard, synthesizer) with Greg Murphy’s insane and starkly echoing guitar solos (of which you’re guaranteed at least one on each track), the likeness to the soundscapes of Floyd are undeniable. With that said, it is evident that Preacher has so much to offer in their own right. Martin Murphy’s lyrical complexity and at times, uncanny versatility spark an intriguing contrast that leaves you pondering what direction they will head in next. At times, isolating…other times, comforting. Signals is always invigorating – a masterpiece dense in detail and full of dynamism.

 

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