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The Prisoner

by Sonic Music

A mix of progressive keyboard driven rock with just a slight touch of pop...Solid production and musicianship.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. I'm Falling Down
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2. Closer Than We've Ever Been Before
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3. Please Do Not Lock The Door To Your Heart
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4. The Prisoner
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5. Johnny The Waffle Man
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6. Birds
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7. (Rodney) The Pelican From Pluto
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8. I Know You Love Me
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9. Sonic Symphony
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10. Ancient Hieroglyphics
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11. Nothing That You Said
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12. The Unknown Lover
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13. Chasing My Tail Again
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14. I See Paradise
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Prisoner, by Sonic Music, is energetic progressive rock in the vein of Genesis, Yes, & Gentle Giant with a touch of pop sensibility. Strong, confident vocals and rich keyboard textures on top of driving rhythms. Musical virtuousity and mature, memorable compositions are just a few of The Prisoner's strengths.

Fans of classic progressive music will enjoy standout tracks like I'm Falling Down, Nothing That You Said, The Unknown Lover, and the adventurous title song. The music on The Prisoner is keyboard driven and packed with infectious melodies. Fresh and contemporary while respectful of its roots, The Prisoner holds up well to repeated spins on the CD player!


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Dale

A masterwork of fully-realized 21st century progressive rock.
“The Prisoner” is a masterwork of fully-realized 21st century (with a nod to the 70s) progressive rock. With intelligent lyrics, great vocals and virtuoso keyboard playing this CD equals or exceeds the music of Yes, Gentle Giant, ELP, Genesis or Pink Floyd in their heyday. It’s that good! The music has adventurousness, depth, wit and maturity while still being accessible to the listener. A must-have for progressive rock fans or anyone who appreciates smart music.

Of Sound Mind


”Outstanding prog rock mix of mid-period Genesis, Happy the Man and even a little Zappa. Excellent keyboards ala Banks and Watkins. Recommended.”

Sea Of Tranquility


It’s not that often that you throw on a new review CD and with preconceived thoughts about how lame it is going to be, you then take those words back and humbly apologise. Such is the case with this very interesting new release from a multi instrumentalist called Larry Benigno a.k.a. Sonic Music.

The first thing that totally flawed me with this offering was the enormous variety within the songs themselves, the incredibly intricate arrangements and the simple fact that the entire experience is miles better than many bands can achieve with 3 or more members. Apart from a few token appearances here and there, this is, for all intents and purposes, a solo effort. And what an impressive effort it is.

To name some of the influences is probably a mandatory inclusion here but it is pretty evident that Larry has spent some considerable time listening to the major players in the industry. Yes, Genesis, Camel, Gentle Giant, Starcastle, Kayak, Triumvirate and so many more names are easily identifiable sources of inspiration both in the song smithing department but also in the fact that many of his themes are based upon keyboards rather than a heavier and sludgier attack from the guitar. It’s not often you hear a very capable composer whose claim to fame leans more to the deft handling of the synths as well as Larry does. While many new and aspiring musicians opt for the guitar as their main instrument of choice, in Larry’s case, he plays the whole shebang.

The synth work is right out of the 70’s, the additional keyboard embellishments are strongly reminiscent of the sorts of things Roger Powell from Utopia and Anthony Phillips were doing while the vocals cover too much territory to name only one similarity. The drums are of the canned variety but rest assured, they are reasonably convincing and hardly detract from the whole experience.

Despite the brilliance of this album, I doubt whether poor Larry will shift a lot of product which will be more to do with marketing difficulties and public apathy rather than any musical inadequacies because there are simply none on this outrageously clever CD. If we, the fans, are to ever assist those talented musicians make a decent name for themselves, then it is essential we support those with the right formula. With this debut offering, you’d be getting more than your moneys worth. Recommended for fans of Fritz Doddy, Guy Manning and other like minded composers.

J. Miterko

AWSOME!
Great CD. Awsome Lyrics, nice music, and great orchestrations of synthesizers and piano. Better than HARD LUCK HARRY!!!!!!!

Larry Benigno from "Sonic Music"

News ! ! ! ! !
Sonic Music "The Prisoner" was named best prog rock album in the 2009 JPF Music Awards in Nashville, TN. ! ! ! !

Michael Gallant - Keyboard Magazine

Keyboard Magazine "Unsigned Artist Of The Month" August 2006
Composed, performed, and produced by Connecticut piano tuner Larry Benigno, The Prisoner is an epic, old-school prog rock treat.
Soaring, virtuosic synth work is everywhere on this disc, courtesy of Larry’s Minimoog, MooG Sonic Six, and Prophet-5.
Unlike certain proggers, though, the man behind Sonic Music always plays in service of the song, choosing tasteful licks and atmospherics over gratuitous wankage. Such musical maturity is also readily apparent in Larry’s songwriting and harmonic choices: Sophisticated chord progressions, unexpected meter changes, and rich vocal harmonies all propel his catchy compositions with energy and enthusiasm.

Note to Yes:
Next time on tour, hire Sonic Music as your opener.

(Kinesis)


“A very inventive symphonic prog album with excellent vocals, covering Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant territory and a lot more. Keyboards are in the fore and are often reminiscent of Kit Watkins’ work with Happy the Man. This is one of the best things 2006 has given us, and maybe the biggest surprise.”

Chris Rothman

The best 'unknown' keyboardist on the planet!!!
Solid performances on all 14 tunes. One of the best CD's I've bought bar none.

Larry Benigno of

New News ! ! ! ! !
Sonic Music "The Prisoner" has been named best progressive rock album in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Nashville TN ! ! !