Tapping the Grey Sky
More Than I Can Carry
First Appeared in The Music Box, February 1999, Volume 6, #2
Written by John Metzger
Try as I might, since receiving this disc, I've been able to find out very little about this New Jersey-based band. The foundation for Tapping the Grey Sky is the duo of Scott Hallock and Bobby diGirolamo, though they do augment their sound with several other musicians on their debut disc More Than I Can Carry.
The disc is a thoroughly enjoyable effort that crosses laid-back '70s acoustic music with that era's progressive rock, with just a splattering of jam-oriented grooves. The duo are particularly strong singers who know how to match their voices to create lush harmonies. In addition, most of the songs contain an undercurrent of layered percussion instruments, which include conga, triangle, tablas, Jar drum, timpani, and talk drum.
The combination of the percussion with the acoustic instruments brings to mind the music of Cat Stevens, though Tapping the Grey Sky clearly is also influenced by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, most notably on Where I Go. In addition, there's a classical influence that pervades the disc and yields a sound on Believe It's Real that is similar to the British prog-rock band Renaissance.
This duo is young, and they've certainly got talent. It should be interesting to watch them grow.
1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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