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Second album from this up and coming progressive rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. District 97 is fronted by former American Idol finalist Leslie Hunt. The band creates an energetic brand of complex progressive rock that is taking the world by storm. Trouble With Machines features a guest vocal appearance from John Wetton (King Crimson/Asia). The album was mixed by Rich Mouser (Spock s Beard/Neal Morse).

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listen  1. Back And Forth 8:40Album Only
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listen  4. The Perfect Young Man (feat. John Wetton)10:01Album Only
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listen  6. Read Your Mind 7:28Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Laser's Edge
  • ASIN: B0082GN8Z8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's something for any fan of quality music here.
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If you like extremely well done modern progressive rock, this album is defiantly one you should check out.
Steven Sly
Another excellent effort put forth by this up and coming band from Chicago.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Woodsman on July 30, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is special. It is more than just "one of the best albums of the year." All the characteristics are here to satisfy the devout progressive rock fan, and in addition there are elements that differentiate this so as to energize the most jaded listener.

This is band that was formed in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park (school district 97) as an instrumental band who then added a singer, Leslie Hunt, who was a few years back a finalist on American Idol. Yes, I know, but forget that and focus on the fact that she was also a music composition student. She can navigate these difficult vocal lines with ease; not much in the way of standard scales and arpeggios here.

Do you like music that will excite you right from the outset, or do you prefer that it have the sophistication to reveal itself gradually over repeated exposures? Doesn't matter. This music will dazzle you from the first spin, but it has the depth and complexity so that you will still be making new discoveries for ages. Some listeners are not particularly fond of the common song format with a vocal phase followed by an extended instrumental passage (just showing off?) and then a vocal recapitulation. This music has all the fancy finger pyrotechnics you could ever ask for but it is integrated into the song structure, i.e. the singer never disappears for more than a minute or so. The songs have a plethora of ideas such that after listening to the first minute, or the snippets on this page, there will still be much that you do not know about what the rest of the song is like. Finally, this is paradise for lovers of odd time signatures.

I have been an fan of progrock (and many other things) from the day ELP released their eponymous album to the present. This is as good as it gets. This band has a brilliant future, and a great present.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on October 4, 2012
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District 97 are fast gaining a reputation as one of North America's brightest new lights in the progressive rock arena. Led by former American Idol finalist Lesley Hunt, these guys are intense musicians with an incredible vocalist up front. American Idol pop pabulum this ain't. This is serious music for the serious music fan. Although rooted in classic progressive rock, District 97's material is at the same time modern and relevant. Stand out tracks include "Open Your Eyes", "The Thief", "Who Cares" and the opening track "Back And Forth". Really there is not a weak track in this collection as the band manages to be both ambitiously exploratory, yet accessible at the same time. Hunt often manages to inject a bit of fun and playfulness into the prog stew as she also did on the band's previous album. If you like extremely well done modern progressive rock, this album is defiantly one you should check out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Morrissey on June 18, 2013
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One my Top Ten Best Albums of 2012 is District 97's Trouble with Machines.

What makes this disc truly worthy of being in the upper echelon is the outrageously distinctive jazz sensibility that Leslie Hunt brings to these songs.

Just listen to all those wildly intricate jazzy vocal lines that Leslie does. Totally mind-blowing. And all in perfect coordination with her bandmates.

I love how District 97 has a bunch of my all-time favorites as their prog influences: e.g., you can catch them live doing eminently satisfying covers of Rush and Genesis. But then they transcend all that and do something amazing: i.e., they are able to be their own audaciously unique selves.

What a great album this is. Don't miss it. It exhibits how a truly great group must be one that is made up of extremely talented individuals but who then become something even greater than the mere sum of their parts.

Wildly exemplary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seldonsinq on June 6, 2013
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District 97 might be the music industry's best keep secret. In a world of one hit wonder, overproduced and disposable pop music, they stand out as thoughtful, creative artists. I first heard of them when someone showed me a YouTube clip of them doing Tom Sawyer and heard something that their singer had been on American Idol. Nice, I thought, but what about their originals? When I heard this, their second album, I was blown away. District 97 manages to combine progressive rock stylings that will keep old school proggers like me happy, with heavy rock riffing, all topped with a strong sense of melody. Progressive rock is often fairly accused of not really rocking (ELP with an orchestra, anyone?), but there is no doubt that this band rocks right from the opening tapping wonders of Back and Forth. At the same time, heavy rock is often devoid of melody, substituting screaming for singing. The band's songs integrate the vocals as a key piece of the composition, not something to be thrown on later. The song Read Your Mind, for example, works so well because of the dissonant phrasing of the vocals -- it sends chills up your spine.
This band should be heard live as well. The album may be called Trouble With Machines, but there is no trouble with the musical machine they are on stage. They are locked together and rock hard.
Don't miss out on this album! There's something for any fan of quality music here.
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