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Quixotic - Welcome Review

by Progprince

Just when you thought you've heard all that rock has to offer, some bands materialize out of nowhere and get heads spinning in new directions.

Quixotic is one of those bands.

Hailing from Royal Oak/Mt. Clemens, the group portray a stark, desolate ambience with a more freewheeling fusion of funk, psychedelic rock, jazz, reggae, ska, and other nuances.

On Welcome, the lyrics are the standard fare, dealing with relationships, insecurity, and life lessons, but they are done in a very clever way and generally avoid most cliches.

A particularly good lyric lies in the song "It Don't Stop", in which Vandenbroucke proclaims "Colors tend 2 blend if you look close enough. Yes, the way some are raised needs to change." With the good comes the bad, however, and I have to say that the egotistical chorus(you know, the standard 'we are a great band whose diversity is unparalleled and we rock the s*** out of the house' claptrap) really digresses from the anti-racial lessons they're trying to impart here. Why do so many artists feel the need to pen these superfluous odes to themselves? Just let the music speak for itself.

For the most part, the music does speak for itself, although allusions to blues and punk(as styles that they claim to incorporate into their framework) in the previously mentioned song seem totally unfounded. What really sets these guys apart from the pack is the amount of earnest feeling injected in the music and the instrumental acrobatics.

With the good comes the bad again, however, and I have to mention that people who don't appreciate complex songwriting in rock music and the tinkering around with flutes and saxophones might want to pass this beauty on by.

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