Seconds Before Landing

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Seconds Before Landing is the brainchild of musician John Crispino. In the year 2010, Crispino began writing music for a progressive rock concept album, that was finished and released to critical acclaim in 2012. That album was titled The Great Deception, and it produced not only a hit song, but also a video that has been viewed by hundreds of thousands worldwide, with excerpts being used by news organizations from around the world. That track is titled “Welcome, To The Future”, and features King Crimsons’ Trey Gunn. Also appearing on that album, was legendary bass player, Tim Bogert from Jeff Beck fame. And that’s a whole lot of background with so many songs on an album to cover. Jumping ahead to said album released in June, 2017, it’s entitled: Now That I Have Your Attention, and it’s thought provoking in a multitude of ways that not only tend to deceive at times, but also thrill the rest of the time. The second outing from Crispino comes with a whole new set of players to go with a few he already been playing with. Most notably being guitarist Eric Maldonado who does a spot-on job throughout these twelve concept pieces that you can either listen to in full as recommended, or skip around to your desire.

If skipping around you can find the more musical tracks to sink your ears into if the talking and whatnot about the UFO factors is what they’re after. It goes both ways but should be heard in full the way it plays out, which would take up more space than this review allows. So, it goes down in skip around fashion, as mentioned. The best thing to do is pick the most satisfying cuts and let the concept play out once wind of it gets around enough to take it however you may. It covers an assortment of musical styles including some electronica, smooth jazz and hard rock, all seamlessly blended and mastered by Andy Jackson who worked with Pink Floyd. The apple simply doesn’t fall far there.

It does sound like Pink Floyd on many of the tracks, but if that is a bad thing then Dark Side Of The Moon stopped selling decades ago. And that simply is not the case. But while it resembles them a lot it also passes the torch, and that’s looking on the bright side of the whole subject. But if you really want to nail the concept influence it goes more to The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking or Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut before anything else. These are all great things in which to be measured by, so it’s no skin off this band to follow in such footsteps and make some of their own while they’re at it. As for the songs, they run together in succession and comes with all kinds of titles like “4 A.M.” with its contagious aura which also lends to the UFO concept, “Wandering Soul” and “You’re giving Me A Headache.” All of which are excellent in every way, including any spoken word between them as they all contain some of one of the other or both. There is plenty of killer guitar, keys, horns and big vocals to keep it interesting, and some of both the heavy and light varieties of rock, including electronic dance music bit here and there. But they progressively rock out, and that is the difference on this fantastic concept album.

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Larry Toering