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Firebird
5

5

Stars

Firebird

Dirt Poor Robins

99

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USA

Dirt Poor Robins, the enigmatic band hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, has once again graced the music world with their latest offering, "Firebird.” Known for their cinematic and theatrical approach to music, the band, led by the husband-and-wife duo of Neil and Kate DeGraide, continues to carve out a distinct niche. Their music, rich in narrative storytelling and eclectic in musical influences, appeals to a broad spectrum of listeners. "Firebird" is no exception, showcasing the band's signature blend of melodic richness and dramatic flair that has defined their unique sound since their debut with "The Cage" in 2007.

"Firebird" is an album that leans heavily on the melodic side of progressive rock, making it accessible yet profoundly layered. Dirt Poor Robins manages to balance the theatrical with the intimate, crafting songs that are as grandiose in scope as they are deeply personal in content. The album's tracks bring a sound that is both lush and emotionally resonant, carrying listeners through a journey that is as unpredictable as it is engaging. It's a testament to the band's ability to meld genres, incorporating elements of rock, pop, and even classical music to create a sound that is entirely their own.

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"Firebird" is a splendid addition to Dirt Poor Robins' discography and a must-listen for fans of melodic, theatrical, and crossover prog music...For fans of crossover prog bands like The Dear Hunter, Meer, Fish on Friday, and The Mommyheads, "Firebird" will undoubtedly strike a chord.

The band has achieved a modest level of recognition in the indie/alternative worlds, but is perhaps less well known among prog-ites, and that really should change. For fans of crossover prog bands like The Dear Hunter, Meer, Fish on Friday, and The Mommyheads, "Firebird" will undoubtedly strike a chord. The album's crossover appeal lies in its ability to transcend the traditional boundaries of prog rock, incorporating a melodic sensibility that makes it accessible to a wider audience while still retaining the complexity and depth that fans of the genre crave. It's a fine balance, but one that Dirt Poor Robins navigates with ease, demonstrating once again their prowess as musicians and storytellers.

"Firebird" is a splendid addition to Dirt Poor Robins' discography and a must-listen for fans of melodic, theatrical, and crossover prog music. Naturally, this is the kind of music that finds a home here at Prog Radio, and you will certainly be hearing a wide sampling from this album in our New Music rotation, and of course, featured in next week’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” broadcast.

5 Stars!

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Feb 28, 2024
52 min
Fever Dream • Beauty Will Save the World • Cry Wolf • Empty • The Imperishables • Firebird
Kevin Carmony
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