Review Summary: When Roger Waters approves a band, the least you have to do is listen to it.
For Blurred Vision, the journey actually began the moment Roger Waters approved their cover of Pink Floyd's Another Brick In The Wall Part 2
renamed as Hey, Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone
. Whether this refers to the student protests in the summer of 1999 or the presidential election protests in Iran a decade later, little matters.
Having been inspired by the never-ending agitated status in the Middle East, it took almost five years for the Iranian-born brothers Sepp and Sohl Osley to record the band's debut album. Supported by Ben Riley on drums, the trio releases Organized Insanity
, a pop rock album with mainstream attitude and an anti-war feeling.
However, this is not a common vapid combination of pop rock and mainstream. Their progressive influences become apparent as early as Rollin' On
hit the speakers and meets Long May You Run
; a track with such a simple, smooth and elegant solo that could easily fit somewhere in the tracklist of The Wall
Despite the mellow character stemming from their progressive side, Blurred Vision combine their energy and peaceful manners throughout the majority of Organized Insanity
in various ways. Whether this is the vibrant opener No More War
or the affectionate ballad Dear John
, the message is obvious. Their music is filled with commercial astuteness and sublime melodies which make songs attractive and stylish.
The album was produced by the legendary Terry Brown, the figure who assisted Rush record some of their most influential work.