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The Gift


Symphonic Prog

3.62 | 60 ratings

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5 stars THE GIFT returns with the superb follow up to 2006's debut 'Awake And Dreaming'. This time round we have a founder member Mike Morton (vocals, keyboards, 12 string guitar, flute), David Lloyd (electric & acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards) and Joseph Morton (drums & percussion), accompanied by several guest musicians. Definitely, like its brilliant predecessor, CD 'Land Of Shadows' is a work of art to be savoured. From the narrative opener 'I Sing Of Change' to desperate 'The Willows', from the dramatic tension of 'Road Runs On 'Til Morning' to the soothing lushness of 'Walk Into The Water', from the nimble tempo of 'Too Many Hands' to restrained ballad 'You Are The Song', from 19-minute plus epic 'The Comforting Cold' to the bright sadness of closure 'As', all compositions here are well conceived, expertly arranged and have a synergy effect. The band demonstrates ability to produce very emotive and intriguing material full of details that demand for conscious listening. With diverse influences from the 70's era of British progressive rock, but with an eye to the horizon, mainman and his partners pack the great style meandering through a myriad of strategically placed changes. There are plenty of majestic keyboard passages, tasty drums and virtuoso guitar licks, encircled by string components (violin, cello, viola). Whilst elsewhere, the piercing riffs allow the sound to be harder but not too heavy. The hypnotizing vocals of Mike Morton bring a special charm to provide the ideal combination between gentle atmosphere and dynamics. A powerful medium, indeed... In summary. It's a vast well of inspiration from which The Gift draws. As was to be expected, CD 'Land Of Shadows' basically continues the style of the debut release. But the group have grown in their joint creation. This is a new chapter encrusted with jewels of love and care. Just follow my advice. Check out and be captivated!
PH | 5/5 |


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