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Grace

by Farpoint

Neo-symphonic spiritual progressive rock
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Into the Night
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2. Dawn
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3. Ghost
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4. H2Origins
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5. Yesterday
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6. Grace
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7. Sunset
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8. Nevermore
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9. Falling Down
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10. Over Again
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11. Into the Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Diversity is the key to the Farpoint sound, with influences ranging from progressive, metal, and folk-rock to Celtic, classical, new-age and bluegrass. Instrumentation includes the standard rock instruments (electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums and keyboards) augmented by classical guitar, mandolin, flute and various types of percussion.

With this, Farpoint's second full-length release, the band moves into more progressive territory with an even more diverse musical foundation and a conceptual spiritual journey from despair to redemption.


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Ron Fuchs


Just sit back put your headphones on, keep your mind open and relax as Farpoint takes you to a more mellower progressive sound.
Farpont's sound is both a folk based (reminsicent of Renaissance) and adventurous playing of some Yes' mid 70's more spiritual and uplifting moments. In no way does the band come off as a copy-cat nor do they "clone" them, you can almost say that in a way they could be contemporaries of Renaissance and Yes.

Farpoint's music may not be for everyone especially the listener who needs either the way-out complex somewhat dissonant sounds more common place in today's progressve market. To some it may come across as a snoozer but in many ways it can be a nice contrast to the bludgeoning metal based progessive music of the day.

With two vocalists (male by way of Clark Boone and a female by way of Dana Oxendine) Farpoint is able to achieve a balance in emotions with a strong spiritual side. Clark provides the husky vocals that envoke Ritchie Havens at times and Dana counters him with a soft angelic vocals, similar to Annie Haslam.

Grace is their second release to date and from reading other reviews of their debut First Light it looks like the band have devolped more and I'm sure by their 3rd CD they will be a very common name within the progressive music community.

Definitely a keeper!

~Ron for ProgNaut.com [May 20th, 2003]

doc savage

Good album... But...
I won't lie to you... I Like this album. Okay, CD. The lyrics are pretty good. Composition is fine. All the instruments are good. Dana's vocals are wonderful... But, the male lead vocal, in my opinion, does not fit the music. There is just 'something', some little thing that throws the music off with his vocal. He and Dana 'harmonize' well together... And on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give this at least a 9, maybe even a 10 with a different vocalist... But as is, I'm only able to rate it a 7.

doc savage

Good album... But...
I won't lie to you... I Like this album. Okay, CD. The lyrics are pretty good. Composition is fine. All the instruments are good. Dana's vocals are wonderful... But, the male lead vocal, in my opinion, does not fit the music. There is just 'something', some little thing that throws the music off with his vocal. He and Dana 'harmonize' well together... And on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give this at least a 9, maybe even a 10 with a different vocalist... But as is, I'm only able to rate it a 7.

Farpoint Fan

Powerful music with meaning.
Grace is a unique album, challenging description.
The music expresses the doubts and sorrows of this Earthly trek and finally, the enlightenment and peace that can be found. The songs are rendered with sincerity and thoughtfulness, reflecting the variation of emotions which occur within each human life--some powerful and electric, others pensive and achingly beautiful.

On the cover, David Frain, with his exquisite artwork, has depicted the essence of the music--the journey of a soul, clad in mortal DNA, from its origins to the ultimate reaching--and joining with-- the light of the Divine. At least, that is my interpretation of this mysterious and beautiful work.

Thanks to all these artists for this very special gift. Their talents and the love of their craft are obvious throughout.

Chaos Realm

A Real Keeper!
Once again, the words “progressive” crop up when listening to this release and, once again they arise in a very good way. Unlike a lot of things you hear that get this millstone lobbed around their necks, this South Carolina band goes way beyond the norm. Sure, there are guitars, bass, drums & keys but this ain’t nothing like no Yes-clone! Also included here are instruments like mandolin, a ton of killer acoustic guitar and alternating male & female vocals. The singing I really like because it’s different from the usual upper-ranged ultra-classical nasally-twang generally associated with this stuff. Both Clark Boone & Dana Oxendine, while surely having good voices, deliver their wares in a more earthy & emotional way and it adds a lot to the depths here. Also, the guitar work of Mike Avins and Kevin Jarvis is really killer. The electrics give FARPOINT some real punch and the acoustics, on a track like “Dawn” are layered gorgeously and played with a real passion that gives things a major jolt. Check out other songs like “Ghost,” “Grace” & “Falling Down.” Forward-thinking songs, way-cool playing and a positive lyrical vibe prevail. Think of “Leftoverture”-era Kansas with a modern bent! In the world of stuff that comes to me via things I read in mags like Progression, FARPOINT stands out big time and has sent me a real keeper with this great CD.
Note: The band also sent me their previous disc, “First Light,” as well. It’s quite good, but you really can notice the absence of guitar man Mike Avins, who joined the fold for “Grace.” It’s also noted that the band will be releasing a brand-new, 3rd disc “From Dreaming To Dreaming” later in 2004. Stay tuned for that one, as I’m sure it’s going to be a corker!

DB

Awesome!
I just got the CD and it is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I have Goosebumps and Dana's voice makes me speechless. I cannot think of any words to describe how she sounds. There are no words that is powerful enough to describe it. Also the cover of the album is gorgeous. I LOVE IT!!! The music is so powerful and breath taking. Mike blows my mind the way he can make that guitar sing the way it does. It is an adrenalin rush and I cannot be still. As I am sitting here listing to it I have chills going down my spine... I cannot wait for the next CD!



the album farpoint grace is a good album,not as good as their latest one but still good i liked it, a little mellower.

Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E-ZINE


Farpoint comes from USA and was formed in 1997 and their vision is to create melodic and powerful positive music that is accessible without compromising its artistic integrity. The band seems to draw a lot of inspiration from early 70' bands. The native band´s music can be described as folky art rock with a progressive edge. After its formation, Farpoint spent the first year writing and rehearsing. The first live performance was at Yescamp 98, a gathering of Yes fans from North and South Carolina. Farpoint played a variety of "Yes" covers and originals. A very favorable review of this performance appeared in the internet "Yes newsletter Notes From the Edge". Since then, Farpoint has been playing live regularly in the South Carolina area accumulating an enthusiastic following. Farpoint has also taken time to perform at fundraisers for the Children's Miracle Network and the Special Olympics, and the band sponsored and performed at a fundraiser for the New York Fire Department after the 9/11 tragedy. More recently Farpoint has performed with national recording acts "Seven Nations" and "Grey Eye Glances". The band has garnered reviews from organizations in a variety of countries outside the US including Italy, France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Brazil. As you can see this band interpreted some well-known musics of a called band "Yes", but please, this moment is not appropriate to compare Farpoint Progressive Rock music with "Yes" music, is very important to prove that progressive music does not have to sound only like "Yes" band. Now, the band is signing a special style, where the mixtures of musical genres differentiate Farpoint of other bands. The band plays powerful ballads, not so very complex arrangements, but with beautiful and nice melodies, all songs are full of harmony. We can praise the sounds of the guitars, also the main vocals from "Clark Boone" and "Dana Oxendine", that in some parts are heavy and in others very soft, a feel where music floats in a lyrical and musical atmosphere, written in actual examples, of how excellent Progressive Rock music can sound like original and very special without comparison. The styles and influences wold be describe as Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Folk Rock Music to Celtic Music with hits of Prog Metal. "Grace" was released in April 2003, produced by Kevin Jarvis and Clark Boone. Featuring eleven tracks that illustrate a excellent and brilliant album. A special and particular attention to and my favourite songs are: "Into the Night", "Ghost", "H2Origins", "Grace", "Falling Down" and "Into the Light". Currently Farpoint consists of: Clark Boone - Lead and Backing Vocals and 12 String Guitar, Kevin Jarvis - Acoustic, Electric and Classical Guitars, Keyboards, Mandolin, Bass and Vocals, Dana Oxendine - Lead and Backing Vocals, Flute, and keyboards, Frank Tyson - Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar Synth and Vocals, Mike Avins - Lead and Rhythm Electric Guitar and Johnathan Rodriguez - Drums Percussion and vocals. Special guests musicians: Rick Walker - Spoken words on "Into the Night", "Grace" and "Into the Light", Buddy Harre - Vocals on "Over Again". Brilliant and indispensable work, highly recommendable...