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"Calling (Father To Son)" was released as a glimpse of what was available on "...Waiting for The Tide", Mind's Eye's first "proper" release after the lovable but still pretty much a remnant from the Afterglow days, “Into The Unknown”.
As a single it works and since it is one of “…Waiting For The Tide”’s stronger songs it was a perfect deceit for us prog-hungry maniacs to purchase the full album – a lengthy, bloated display of dullness!
But let’s talk about the single!
It features for the first time Andreas Novak on vocals who possesses such an interesting voice. There’s a distant edginess to it yet it is mostly (and wonderfully) soulful. He sticks to his comfort zones but convincingly delivers the emotion of every lyric. His influences are easy to spot. There’s the breathy enunciation a la James LaBrie, the passionate almost teary screeches of Geoff Tate and Steve Perry's unstoppable firepower of the throat. The lyrics convey a sappy tale about a father who abandoned his son and is now "calling" out to him seeking forgiveness. Novak's mostly calm delivery keeps the song from veering into cheesy territory. No cringe worthy assassination of high notes is found here and (thankfully) no "gut wrenching" guitar solo in the tired tradition of the power ballad.
In fact, the music is rather hard to follow. It maintains a jazz quality-but of the bastardized kind that mirrors Chicago and Journey-and has only one riff that is straightforwardly metal. It is so harmless and gentle it could easily pass for muzak. The guitar solo comes in at the right moment though and is a welcome break from the monotony of the directionless progression on constant display.
Daniel Flores does an impressive job on keys and an even better one on drums and his presence is what saves the song from utter self destruction. The well executed drumming helps the listener make sense of all the movements and gradually, the song sinks itself into your mind as a bit of harmless prog fun. Best to remember it that way as there are worse ways it could be interpreted.