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Album Review

Nestled somewhere between art rock and symphonic prog, Cairo's self-titled release is a blend of melodious, synth-induced music accompanied by the rich voices of three singers. Implementing basic Hammond organ and grand piano movements into their material, their neo- progressive structure mirrored bands like Pendragon and IQ, constituting a crisp, refined sound. Certain instrumental stretches come off as elaborate and powerful throughout the album, but on the whole the material from this American band is typical of every other post-1990 progressive group. Some sharp keyboard treks and bombastic percussion is prevalent throughout the six tracks, especially on the lofty-sounding "Ruins At Avalon's Gate," a 22-minute finale that merges all of Cairo's instrumental elements into the most amicable portion of the album. Like most progressive music, the synthesizers and other accompanying keys take full precedent here, but the album slightly lacks in solidity and fails to breed any unique qualifications with respect to its genre.

Customer Reviews

Don't Overlook Cairo

This band has been overlooked and underappreciated. This album starts off being dominated by the fine guitar playing of Alec Fuhrman, who will remind you of Ian Crichton (Saga) and Steve Howe (esp. in Asia), but then ends with the excellent keyboards of Mark Robertson taking the lead (think Emerson and Wakeman here). Brett Douglas (vocals) and Jeff Brockman (drums) are also superb. This album has some truly sensational long jams that bring back some of the great Prog Rock bands of the 70's. Their next album, Conflict and Dreams, is even better.

Biography

Genre: Erotica

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Cairo was formed in San Francisco, CA, in the early '90s by Mark Robertson (keyboards, vocals), Alec Fuhrman (guitars, vocals), Jeff Brockman (drums, percussion), Rob Fordyce (bass), and Bret Douglas (lead vocals). The group self-produced their eponymous debut at their home studio, releasing it in 1994 on the Magna Carta label. The album showed a heavy ELP-influenced keyboard sound and high-pitched vocals that bore similarities to Yes's frontman, Jon Anderson. The band spent two years working on...
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