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Insight - 1989 Reaching Out
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on August 19 2003, In 1989 Articles , 2 Comments , 2295 Reads , Print

ARTIST: Insight
ALBUM: Reaching Out
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Robert Aviles - Violin, keyboards, vocals * Marc Whitney - drums * Karl Detken - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Patrick Maybrier - bass, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Reaching Out * 02 Destiny * 03 Albatross * 04 Silent Rider * 05 I Saw It In A Dream * 06 Divine Intervention * 07 Child's Play * 08 I Need Your Love * 09 Energy Play * 10 Island

This was a US band very much promoting the symphonic rock sub genre. You can obviously tell these boys have sat around the family stereo playing Kansas and Shooting Star albums ad nauseum, such is the influence on the band. To tell you the truth, there are those two influences plus more than a passing interest in the material of Rush. It's as if Rob Aviles idol was Robbie Steinhardt and Marc Whitney's was Neil Peart. Get my drift? Because that's where the music is headed. Musically and technically adept, Insight take us on a journey of musical passages which gives one an indicator as to the various flavours and styles this band can produce, and they are varied. I don't think I've ever heard an album where the violin dominates the music in much the same vein as a lead guitar does. Some of the solo's sound like they are made for a guitar.

The Songs
The opening track 'Reaching Out' has peaks and troughs but when it gets on a level it flows in typical Kansas 'Leftoverture' fashion. Things rock up a bit on 'Destiny' sounding more modern and less grandiose, while other standouts include 'Childs Play' the rather awesome 'I Need Your Love' (there is a guitar line in here which sounds like Ronnie Montrose's analog delay passage on 'Razor King' from Gamma 1), and the musically dextrous 'Energy Play'. The only song which doesn't go anywhere is the album closer 'Island', which sounds like a very bad Greek folk song. No disrespect to Greek folk please, but this experiment just didn't work.

In Summary
Very different, and very ambitious as a musical project, for which these boys should be commended.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 12 2017 03:47:28
Insight - 1989 Albatross
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#2 | gdazegod on August 12 2017 03:55:28
Robert Anthony Aviles passed away in 2014. He was a virtuoso violin player, and has left his mark in numerous musical ventures over the past 30 years.
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