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41Point9: Still Looking for the Answers
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41Point9: Still Looking for the Answers

Melodic/Progressive Rock

41Point9 are three clever fellows attempting to discover the meaning of life by proving, if you tie a piece of buttered toast, which always hits the floor butter side down, to the back of cat, which always lands on all four, the feline will float through the air. They also make progressive rock. 41Point9 is Bob Madsen (Enchant, Xen) on bass, Brian Cline (Enchant) on vocals and guitar, and Kenny Steel on guitar and keyboards. They are helped along by Nick D'Virgilio, Jimmy Keegan (both: Spock's Beard), and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea) on drums.

Still Looking for the Answers, their debut disc on Progrock Records, is a profound platter of progressive rock, leaning to the more melodic and accessible than the complex and experimental. Song composition and musicianship is at a premium throughout. The result is quite entertaining.

The opener offers some melancholy in a sometimes heavier context, with crafty drumming and signature fret work. The latter, from Kenny Steel, is exemplary throughout. Living in Hard Times blends that guitar driven motif with symphonic elements and impressive bass line for an epic feel. That large, epic, sound returns on the title track and One in a Bar. The latter has an infectious hook in melody and chorus to dispel the rumor that prog is inaccessible. You can also hear this in the 'pop' radio friendly sound of Promise the Moon. 41Point9 also offers an instrumental, Surface Tension, a song of lighter fare emphasizing the fusion of kindred spirits in a musical form.

Generally, over the entire album, for progressive rock, Still Looking for the Answers is rather light stuff, possibly more melodic rock than anything else. Yet the arrangements are ambitious, crafty, and quite entertaining. (The CD layout and art work is quite clever, too.) Still Looking for the Answers is a fine debut from 41Point9, and well recommended. - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

In Short

While likely heard as more melodic rock than progressive rock, 41Point9's Still Looking for the Answers offers songs that are ambitious, crafty, well-played, and quite entertaining.

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