If you call yourself a prog rocker, Canterbury scene music lover, retro art rocker, avant-garde dabbler, jazzy fusionist, or just plain eclectically oriented -- find this quickly. Volare's '90s tribute to all that was cool in the open-ended experimentation of the '70s is pure finesse, polished, engaging, and downright fun. Patrick Strawser is a genius on keys and synth. Steve Hatch knows his guitars and pulls off some the finest array of effects you'll find anywhere without being tweaky. Richard M. Kesler bends and throbs his bass into throbbing, thumping submission. He does delightful sax, too, when the muse requires. Brian Donohoe is absolute perfection on the drums. If you relish the wonders of National Health, Hatfield & the North, or Phil Miller solo works, Volare is a wonderful echo. On "Midnight Clear," "...in two seconds of time...," "Vespers," when Kesler adds reed and Strawser plays piano, even a cloying Happy the Man aura pulses. On "Black and White," Hatch roars and slays his overdriven, distortion-rich guitar wonderfully. This tune is the real Volare with no "other band" mimicry.
AllMusic Review by John W. Patterson