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Mike Visaggio
Starship Universe
by Karla Ash
10.01.06

Putting progressive rock in a spiritual context, multi-instrumentalist and singer Mike Visaggio has quickly separated himself from the vast number of spiritual artists these days. Whether or not Christian radio stations such as Seattle’s KCMS-FM will be open to the synthesized art pop within is doubtful. Faith and worship music these days has its own flavor of the month, which leans toward the folksy singer/songwriter type and perhaps a few post-grunge entrants.

Now from an artistic standpoint, Visaggio has produced an entertaining and somewhat uplifting prog record that is shamelessly dated. Visaggio virtually makes no attempt of sounding even remotely modern. “In the Nazarene Church” has a late ‘60s Moog groove that bounces with unrestrained glee. On “My Elders’ Son,” Visaggio summons the ghost of Jim Morrison with his vocal delivery; even the synthesizers have a celestial quality as if Morrison has broken on through from the other side and brought angels with him to back him up.