The Aaron Clift Experiment’s fourth album, “The Age of Misinformation”, is a concept album about the destructive power of lies and the search for truth in the face of overwhelming odds. The band has blended elements of prog rock, jazz-rock, and classical music to produce a distinctive sound that is both elegant and emotional. The eight songs showcase the band’s musical prowess and versatility in general. Aside from the 10plus-minute “Bet on Zero”, the other seven are between four and five minutes long. The album feature guest appearances from Zach Matteson on violin I (songs 6 & 7), soloist (song 7), Charles Anderson on violin II (songs 6 & 7), Jason Elinoff on viola (songs 6 & 7), Ellie Prager on cello (songs 6 & 7) and Big Wy’s Brass Band (song 3).
The album opener, “The Age of Misinformation”, is a strong and controversial track that sets the tone for the rest of the album. The track is filled with lush orchestration and soaring vocals. “L.I.A.R.” begins with a good groovy rhythm and gradually builds up to an engaging song with meaningful lyrics. “Bet on Zero” is a 10+minute epic that combines jazz-rock and progressive rock elements in a truly unique way. “Dark Secrets” is a brooding track with increasing intensity, whereas “Rise” is a dynamic and soulful track with great guitar leads. “The Color of Flight” is a highly emotional and fragile song with an amazing positive vibe. “Málaga” has an optimistic overall tone, while “Wight of the World” is an atmospheric and expressive prog track that closes the album properly.
The album’s production a bit raw and not as tight, but it is rather effective, giving the music an organic vibe. The instrumentation is expertly crafted and the vocals are wonderful. “The Age of Misinformation” is an ambitious album that highlights the band’s musical capabilities. The album that will appeal to fans of crossover prog music on the whole.