Welcome to the dramatic and slightly tainted world of Wilton Said... A world filled with eclectic textures, off kilter melodies, and brooding introspective lyrics. Permeated throughout are the retro sonic influences of Queen, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Marillion, A Perfect Circle, and David Bowie. A dramatic existence indeed.

"It's by far one of the better, dare I say slightly more original progressive pop-rock band to come cross my hands in a long while.
“All songs are sung with a flare that still reminds me of a blend of Geoff Mann and Freddie Mercury.”
Ron Fuchs - Prognaut.com

"The music of Wilton Said is quite unique, both in terms of composition as well as performance. As I say it never goes where you expect it to and that’s really what we like about the prog genre, isn’t it?"
Jerry Lucky - jerrylucky.com

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Most recent review Do You Remember Me? by Jerry Lucky at http://www.jerrylucky.com

Band: Wilton Said and Barry Brown

CD Title: Do You Remember Me?

Website: www.wiltonsaid.com  

Label: Independent Release (2018)

Rating: Grand musical ideas held back by weak vocals

 

If you’ve ever played around the world of Progressive Rock music you quickly discover that one of the objectives of many musicians is to write some form of rock opera. Ever since S.F. Sorrow and Tommy artists have looked to that musical form as a bucket list item to accomplish. Well Toronto’s Wilton Said who worked with Barry Brown’s lyrical ideas can now cross that bucket list item of his list with the release of Do You Remember Me? This eighty-one minute extravaganza is made up of twenty-one individual tunes that as you expect are all two, three or four minutes long. The subject tackled here is the complex issue of removing children from their homes to educate and assimilate and while they don’t specify in the lyrics it’s an issue that represents many governmental efforts including here Canada, Australia and Ireland. It’s a heady subject and the project get’s underway with a quite spectacular “Prelude” [6:00] which covers many of the musical themes of the project. The cast of character is made up of six vocalists with the music written by Wilton Said and performed by Said, Brown and Frank Heisler. Given that the very nature of a rock opera is to tell the story, the idea of being vague or allegorical doesn’t make much sense, as a result the lyrical direction here leaves little to the imagination. And as it weaves it’s tale of pain and suffering it is nothing if not direct. Perhaps a little too much so for my taste. In addition the vocalists are not all on the same skill level, which may have been intentional given that some of the characters were intended to be children. In the end it’s a bit of hodge-podge as the music is written and performed at quite a skilled level while some vocal parts don’t live up to that level. And that tends to take away from the not only the overall performance but also the following of the message. Still, like anything the more you listen to it, the more accommodating the ears become but initial listens caused more than a couple winces on my part. It’s an adventurous project and even with the shortcomings it’s good to hear the music of Wilton Said once again.

 

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"The music of Wilton Said is quite unique, both in terms of composition as well as performance. As I say it never goes where you expect it to and that’s really what we like about the prog genre, isn’t it?"
"The vocals hearken back to the heightened expressive style of David Bowie or Peter Hammill."
Jerry Lucky - jerrylucky.com

"Wilton Said has always, to my ears, has always thrown out the rule book on progressive rock and re-written it to suite their musical ideals."
"It's by far one of the better, dare I say slightly more original progressive pop-rock band to come cross my hands in a long while.”
“All songs are sung with a flare that still reminds me of a blend of Geoff Mann and Freddie Mercury.”
Ron Fuchs - Prognaut.com ane check here also.

“Wilton himself is a master at stage presence, presenting different aspects of the music like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. The songs presented on 'The View' capture that same quality.”
“This is music that cries out to be listened to, to be seen in all its kaleidoscopic glory.”
"If Peter Gabriel and Fish are in your catalogue of prog, then add this one, and quickly. The music is powerful and evocative, the lyrics are startling in their clarity, the concepts challenging."
Doug LeBlanc - Canadian Progressive Music Society

"Sonically the band has forged a sound that focuses heavily on rock, with buzzing guitars, a punchy rhythm section, and Said’s dramatic, inflected vocals flitting in and out of the mix."
Bill Knispel – Bills Prog Log www.billsprogblog.blogspot.com

“Wilton Said... is a musician whose work should be welcomed for it’s fresh and unique sounds, something that’s appealing in a world where one-beat alternative rock bands and cash-cow boy bands seems to dominate the airwaves.”
Anthony Furey-etc...news

“Wilton Said has a captivating voice...Said has a way of letting his voice give a whole new perspective to the music being played”.
Nessim Halioua - Left Off The Dial

“Said purposefully steers clear of the unimaginative and mundane.”
Andrew Matte-Town Crier

“Wilton is a graduate of York University in musical composition, and he translates his knowledge and skills into the rock arena.”
Bill MacLean-Beach Metro News

“This is pretty interesting stuff. I can hear bits and pieces of artists like Queen, Roxy Music, and David Bowie but in no way are they derivative. They have infused a classic guitar sound from the 70's with a modern sensibility that sounds fresh and exciting.”
Jon Neudorf - Progressive Ears www.progressiveears.com

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