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Transience started as a side project for Lands End keyboardist Fred Hunter, and was almost considered Lands End itself following the recording of Natural Selection. All members of Lands End contributed to Sliding; still, this is not a Lands End album -- one would be tempted to say it's better than that. Each song relates to a particular U.S. landmark, from Captiva Island, FL, to Maui. The music belongs to the light neo-prog genre and is keyboard-driven, as could be expected. These atmospheric songs slowly surround the listener by evoking the corresponding landmark. Very laid-back, they remain tighter and more focused than typical Lands End material. "Utah Revisited," graced with Steve Ades' saxophone, is simply beautiful. Jeff McFarland's soft voice delicately sings, "Dry, dry foreverland, diffuse/Dirt, mountains, rocks and sand and views/Dust, miles and sun, motion slow." "Desert Falls," with a slightly more complex structure, is another highlight. On the other hand, the 19-minute "The Seven Pools" is lost in its own meanders. Fans of Lands End will be pleased, but those who usually stay clear of the band should also give Sliding a listen, especially fans of Pink Floyd and Fonya. Recommended.

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