First of all, let me give you a fair warning that Troika has nothing to do with prog rock whatsoever, because if you see names like Neal Morse, Nick D'Virgilio and Ross Jennings you might expect a progressive rock album indeed....
So, purists of prog rock, like yours truly, may wish to give this album a pass as all the eleven songs on Troika are pop, acoustic rock, and even folk-rock tracks. The spotlight is always on the vocals and the acoustic stripped down tracks are mostly inspired by bands like Crosby, Stills & Nash or even The Beatles. As you probably know I am not really a fan of acoustic/unplugged songs, which is an understatement by the way, so even though Morse, Jennings and D'Virgilio are really capable and wonderful vocalists this album does not really grab me by the throat, so to speak. Check out the lead single, Julia, beautifully performed by Jennings, and if you like that one, then the entire album might be really worthwhile for you.
But, for me, the album is a bit too dull, too quiet, too folky and most of all too acoustic; sorry, not my cup of tea!
**+ Martien Koolen (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
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