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ALBUM REVIEW: Gabriel & Dresden - The Only Road out on Anjunabeats

11 years after the release of the eponymous debut album Gabriel & Dresden, Josh & Dave have returned with their much anticipated follow up full length record, The Only Road. "Much anticipated" is a phrase that's thrown around quite a lot in the music industry, but in the case of The Only Road we happen to know this as fact...it truly is a record the fans have been clamoring for. How do we know? At a crossroads in their career, Gabriel & Dresden decided to set up a Kickstarter Campaign for their fans to help them greenlight a new album. Originally asking for $30,000 dollars to meet their goal, Gabriel & Dresden ended up with nearly three times the pledge amount (over $73,000 dollars) from 700 backers. A much anticipated album indeed and Gabriel & Dresden have not missed a beat, delivering on their classic recipe of emotive dance music through an 12-track journey. 

"What makes The Only Road special is that it was fan-supported and fan-inspired. We didn't just make this record for us, we made it for all of the people that had faith in our music. For us, it isn't just an album -- it's our soundtrack of the past 11 years -- the beautiful, the ugly, the melancholy and the hopeful. It's something we're proud to share because it represents who we are and the long road we traveled to get here, or should we say...the only road." - Josh & Dave 

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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[item value="10"]Beat and Rhythm[/item]
[item value="10"]Basslines and Groove[/item]
[item value="10"] Melody [/item]
[item value="10"] Synths [/item]
[item value="10"]Vocals and Lyrics[/item]
[item value="10"]Breakdown[/item]
[item value="10"]Climax / Drop / Crescendo / Pay off moment[/item]
[item value="10"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
[item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
[item value="10"]Overall Atmosphere[/item]
[item value="10"]Goosebumps / Shivers moments[/item]
[item value="10"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
[item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
[item value="10"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
[item value="10"]Radio Friendly[/item]
[item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
[item value="10"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
[item value="10"]Gabriel & Dresden - The Only Road [/item]
[content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]15th of December 2017 will be always remembered as the date that the legendary duo Gabriel & Dresden released their new album The Only Road that is actually crowdfunded rather than being financed by record companies. The album The Only Road has made already waves thanks to the very successful singles that were released and gave us a taste of the eclectic sonic experience we are going to have soon. Let's take this cold winter Road track by track. 01. Only Road feat. Sub Teal: Driving progressive trance with chunky grooves, tribal basslines and cool vocal line that works perfectly to highlight the message and melancholy of this top notch tune. 02. Free Your Mind: Energetic progressive trancer with powerful thumping grooves, aggressive moody synthy hook and cinematic strings leading to the tripping out psy infused climax. 03. White Walls feat. Sub Teal: Already released and loved track with the classic duo's rock infused electronica and just mesmerizing vocals that cast a spell and remain in your subconscious for long. 04. This Love Kills Me feat. Sub Teal: The first single released with melancholy moodiness and the so unique groove and bassline that sounds breathtaking along with the nice rock guitar riff and well conceived vocals. 05. Underwater feat. Jan Burton: Chilling relaxing atmospheric tripping out experimental vibes ready for the summer with vocals & lyrics that will make you go deep and maybe find your way to the surface or maybe you will remain underwater for ever. 06. Hospital Piano: Great track with just piano and live crowd noises and voices making this nice intro or outro to dj sets. 07. You feat. Jan Burton: Rock guitar riffs, warm basslines, pumping organic drum beats, feel good synthy lines and vocals that you want to sing loud. 08. Sequoia: Upfront instrumental number with dominating grooves, hypnotic rhythm, moody synthy hooks, industrial rock touches and cinematic sound design to travel while you dance without moving. 09. Over Oceans feat. Josh Gabriel: Josh as a singer definitely adds his unique style while the playful grooves, laid back rhythm, guitar riffs to electrify and crawl under your skin. 10. Waiting For Winter feat. Jan Burton: Simply perfect with the word classic written all over it. One of those songs that will characterise this winter with it's great textures and will definitely juxtaposes the Andain classic Summer Calling.  Jupiter: It has energetic pumping grooves, mechanical driving basslines, old school techno infusions and superb cinematic strings with spacey breakdown to sail the nights and days away. You are the captain of your imagination and Jupiter is waiting for you to explore. 12. I'm Not Like Everybody Else: Final song is laidback chilling smooth breakbeats like anthem with synthy hook that vibrates while the vocal is haunting, meaningful and absolutely insightful. It's a challenge to walk The Only Road but its worth it! #PureGold Love It
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