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[ Between the Fence & the Universe ]

Track One: Seek...this is gonna be kind of difficult, since these songs were written a while ago for a release much closer to Stereotype BE... so a lot of the songs seem to fit nicely in with the SB tracks... this one starts out pretty similarly to Return of the Singer but plays out more like Iran (or You Are, whatever you called the hidden song)... anyway... he's talking about knocking and seeking... in a somewhat vague sense but his audience certainly knows the reference... i suppose there's somewhat of a U2-esque vibe to this song... "bigger than Bagger Vance"... okay... interesting song... pretty catchy chorus... Track Two: 21st Century Darlings... this is a bit more of a rockier tune... it really plays on the off beats... then the chorus cuts to a near a capella sound... "all we are is just spinnin wheels"... this seems to be a social commentary of sorts... he's painting a picture of a hopeless generation that is calling out to angels to keep us safe... sounds like Prince at times with his squeals... "before the night falls in and goes to sleep"... hmm... when the night sleeps would that be the day?... well... this was short... Track Three: Irish Hymn ... here's a ballad... i like the feel of it... it's along the lines of Blind from SB... "time shoots down the drain"... i can relate to that... this is a song of encouragement for "all those that hit rock bottom but climbed back up again"... the vibrato really comes out again... it's very melodic... this song gets you bobbing your head in rhythm and tapping your foot... i can totally see Kevin performing this on a small stage in the back corner of some little pub down a back alley with everyone inside swaying their steins from side to side in time with the beat... or something... maybe that's the Irish part...

*** INTERMISSION (maybe it's cheating but i'm falling behind on this typing and i need to go stretch) ***

Track Four: Stranded 72.5... another quiet song... some really pretty guitar work here at the beginning to start things off... oh.. it's in three-four time... or maybe some strange combination of time signatures... it's really interesting... let's see... 123, 123, 12,123, 123, 12... then the chorus is totally different... anyway... now that everyone is confused... this song feels very much like an 80s throwback... can't place any examples just yet... but it reminds me of some of the artsy songs from back in the day... "gotta believe in something, even if it's all or nothing"... well this one's got much less transparent lyrics... plus i got so caught up in the rhythm i wasn't paying total attention... his vocals just about fell apart there at the end though... cool song though... really enjoyable... Track Five: Golden... this is another ballad of sorts... "never let a love like that get hurt"... so the visualization on my player was actually gold for the beginning of this song... kind of funny... so... perhaps this is about his relationship issues... i can't imagine going through that without writing about it... this instumental section is really cool... very meditative... and at the same time... there's all these odd interruptions that make me wonder what's going on with my speakers... but still that makes me think... it kind of sounds like the stuff that goes on in my head a lot... trying to focus on one thing and there's all this other stuff going on around me that takes away from it a little bit... very cool... very... radiohead?.... Track Six: To the Dearly Departed... interesting beat on this one... "and even though we will be departed... you're never alone"... hmm... another song about his relationship?... it has a very reflective feel to it... the tone is set well for it... and it's breaking off into a similar bridge where you have a quiet cacophony of instruments... and this time there's Kevin speaking throughout it... unintelligible words for the most part... several conversations at once... samples of middle eastern chants similar to Existence... "you're never alone"... and just like that he's gone...

Kevin Max, the quirky, enigmatic third prong of the musical pitchfork that once was dcTalk. Originally slated to be on the follow-up to his debut solo project (Stereotype BE), the six songs that comprise Between the Fence & the Universe have been given a life of their own via this independant release. Watch for news and updates on Kevin and his next project, scheduled to release somewhere, sometime, somehow, by frequenting his website http://www.kevinmax.com.

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