Based on the high-energy performances and the lofty level of musicianship displayed here, Backup Planet, a Nashville-based foursome, can probably generate sparks on a live stage and should hop on a tour and get themselves out there. Their jam band foundation, together with an insistent prog-rock sheen (colorful synth solos galore), provides a great showcase for exciting musicianship. As recording artists, however, we feel they have a little ways to go, as the music too often overwhelms the vocals. Still, based upon the catchy guitar riffs of “Earth As A Dream” and the Allman Brothers-influenced “Reactions,” Backup Planet sounds like a band on the brink of locating its commercial sweet spot.
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Style: Progressive Rock/Jam Band