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JOURNEY INTO THE MORN

Iona

 

Prog Folk

3.69 | 51 ratings

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NJprogfan
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3 stars I'm sorry, but I'm not as impressed as the other reviewers are of this disc. Sure, Joanne Hogg has a sweet, ethereal voice, but her singing is rather flat in spots and bland. She'll soar at times, but for the most part it sounds the same on every song. David Bainbridge plays a nice guitar with some tasty soloing especially during "Heaven's Bright Sun" but again, it's rather bland and lifeless for most of the album. Drums and bass are rather pushed to the side with nothing standing out at all. What really shines, or if you will, blankets this album from start to finish is Bainbridge's keyboards, he just dominates everything with a wall of gothy new ageness. The overall effect of Bainbridge's keys gives one the feeling of loneliness and dispare, (ands there's nothing wrong with that sometimes). Sure, there's all sorts of Irish instruments to give you that bit of Celtic spiritness, but other then the jig that pops up in spots and the catchy "Lindisfarne" and "Bi- se i mo shuil" it's doom and gloom wrapped in religious overtones. If night music to put you to sleep is what you clammer for, this is the ticket. It's just about average, yet not so bad. Oh, and if you're a Robert Fripp fan and must have everything he plays, he shows up on this disc. Try and spot his spots....
NJprogfan | 3/5 |

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