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One Of The Many
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5

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One Of The Many

Rick Miller

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Canada

In the latest musical offering from Canadian artist Rick Miller, "One Of The Many," we find a treasure trove of melodies that evoke the atmospheric and melodic realms of progressive rock's golden era. Spanning eight tracks and totaling 54 minutes, Miller's eighteenth studio album is a heartfelt nod to the ethereal and emotive soundscapes crafted by iconic bands such as Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues. This record marks another solid addition in Miller's prolific career, showcasing his continued commitment to crafting nuanced, melodious progressive rock.

Miller's unique blend of vintage and contemporary influences is palpable throughout "One Of The Many." His knack for melding hauntingly beautiful flute passages (Sarah Young / Giulia Cacciavillian) with the depth and drama of traditional rock instruments creates a listening experience that is both nostalgic and fresh. The album's instrumentation, which includes not only Miller's signature use of flutes but also cellos, violins, and robust synths, pays homage to the rich, orchestral elements favored by The Moody Blues and the sophisticated electronic textures reminiscent of Alan Parsons.

Rick Miller

"One Of The Many” fits like a glove into the Prog Radio soundscape and stands as a compelling addition to Rick Miller's discography, affirming his status as a stalwart of atmospheric crossover prog.

Lyrically and vocally, Miller channels the introspective and serene qualities of Steve Hackett, with vocals that complement rather than dominate the music. His guitar work, while evoking the emotional intensity of David Gilmour, adds a distinct layer of expressiveness to the album's overarching mood. The integration of these elements ensures that "One Of The Many" resonates with fans of crossover prog, offering a serene, contemplative journey through sound.

"One Of The Many” fits like a glove into the Prog Radio soundscape and stands as a compelling addition to Rick Miller's discography, affirming his status as a stalwart of atmospheric crossover prog. The album doesn't strive for radical innovation but instead excels in its delivery of heartfelt, expertly crafted music. It is an album best experienced in its entirety, inviting listeners to dive deep into its layers and emerge fully immersed in Miller's sonic world. It’s a very easy listen and your ears will thank you. This latest offering is not only a testament to Miller's enduring talent and vision but also a gift to fans of melodic, atmospheric progressive rock.

Tune in to Prog Radio to hear much of this album spotlighted in our New Music rotation, as well as featured in next week’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” broadcast.

5 Stars!

FYI: Rick is currently offering his entire library of 18 albums on Bandcamp at an incredible price. Has to be one of the best values for so much great music you'll find anywhere. For the price of a few albums, you get everything. Click Bandcamp link below to check it out.

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Mar 1, 2024
54 min
Atrophy • The Lost Years • Perchance To Dream • One Of The Many
Kevin Carmony
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