For this new release, Intercept takes their hybrid sound into a new shimmering dimension. Where the last effort, 2008's Magnolia Road (here), was a wonderland of rock, pop, and prog, Symphony for Somebody Else sprints into a high energy milieu somewhat a la the amazing Turbine (here), whose CD I cited as one of the best for that year and by which I am still entranced. Where Turbine went into Dire Straits overload bursting with relentless drive, Intercept has taken more a Mission UK, Red Rider, Sniff 'N the Tears, Nuclear Valdez approach destined to knock a few holes in the charts.
Love is Like That harks back to Magnolia Road, a gently fetching ballad, uptempo, wistfully positive, existentially reflective. My favorite cut, it contains a solo illustrating the aforementioned Sniff 'N the Tears aspect, the sort of smooth and meaningfully melodic riff that Loz Netto or Mick Dyche might have coined once upon a middle eight. Made to Fall, however, roars into action, reflecting its own opening line: "It starts with a spark, and it burns down the hillside". Intense, muscular, the cut nonetheless retains the old Intercept melodic bottom line.
I must say that liked the old Intercept better, but I'd never turn this disc down, and it's the one that will get them charting. Rest of my Days is an exemplary citation of exactly what should be on the radio but isn't. Classic rock's all well and fine, but Rest is the sort of cut to start the move to leaven elder greats with the up and coming lords providing future standards. Arranged beautifully, with Christian Knudsen's smoothly exploding vocals dripping in urgent vibrancy, the tension between hurtling energies and recurring pensivity is actually a perfect blend of what the entire CD serves as exposition for.
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