Alan Simon, “You Are the Sunshine” from Excalibur IV (2017): One Track Mind

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Majestic, powerful and precise are just a few words to describe the song “You Are the Sunshine,” from Alan Simon’s new album Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon. This has been a great year for progressive rock releases, but overlooking The Dark Age of the Dragon verges on criminal.

“You Are the Sunshine” demonstrated the more accessible side of this prog-rock opera beast, but don’t let that deter you. Simon includes touches of Jethro Tull-like flute, mandolin, and electric and acoustic guitars. Combined with swirling keyboards, ethereal vocals and a rock solid back, Alan Simon creates something so captivating that the sophistication of the song is almost overlooked.

Additionally, Jesse Siebenberg and John Helliwell of Supertramp fame contribute their more-than-considerable talents and pop/rock sensibilities to the cast of many, only adding to the fun. “You Are the Sunshine,” a standout moment from Alan Simon’s Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon, is sure to send you down an engaging rabbit hole.


Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier is a bass-playing lawyer living in Atlanta. His first Steely Dan exposure was with an eight-track cassette of 'Pretzel Logic.' He can be reached at slangofages@icloud.com; follow him on Twitter: @slangofages. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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