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Music Review: The Juggler's Progress

Updated on November 7, 2012

True Margrit

San Francisco rock trio True Margrit's new Album "The Juggler's Progress"
San Francisco rock trio True Margrit's new Album "The Juggler's Progress"

Review "The Juggler's Progress"

San Francisco trio True Margrit is a piano melody driven band that features pianist Margrit Eichler on lead vocal’s, with bassist Gary Hobish, and drummer Andrew Bacon on backing vocal harmonies. Margrit’s vocals are strong and true, and lyrically she is adventurous, to say the least about her writing style and thematic storylines. The trio as a unit is tight and compact, but there seems to be an overall feeling of being one dimensionally sounding at times. This is not to say that they don’t have a unique sound, but at times it feels as though they are not stretching out enough musically to accommodate the mood changes associated with the lyrical content being expressed in the songs.

The track “Opposite Man” which is featured in the Scott Boswell film “The Stranger in Us” has a rollicking feel to it and features the driving nature of the bands sound. Showing that they can rock with the best of them, in the mainstream rock genre, with Gary playing a driving bass line and nicely layered backing harmonies. As I stated the unit is tight and to the point, and Andrew’s drumming delivers rhythmically overall.

On the track entitled “Lucy” I enjoyed the stretching out by the band instrumentally, which offered more musical variety, to break the monotony of the bands piano led sound, that dominates many of the tracks. In the future they might benefit by experimenting a bit more sonically with possibly saxophone and or synthesis additions or even guitar.

The title cut “The Juggler’s Progress” reminded me a bit of the band Queen, with the overall feel and chord progression. The occasional string and horn lines complement the overall complexities exhibited by Margrit’s lyrical style and piano melodies, to break the predictability of the bands sound. I do enjoy piano, but I feel it can be a bit overwhelming at times through out the course of the album. The band really opens up on the tracks, “Metaphor,” and the light hearted romp “Make Them Beg,” while the track “500 Years,” really rocks with the addition of the Organ sound.

For fans of groups like Decemberist, XTC, and artists like Kate Bush and Fiona Apple.

True Margrit should be a nice compliment to their collection of progressive piano art – pop, alternative rock.

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