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BELIGHTED

Iamthemorning

 

Crossover Prog

3.85 | 367 ratings

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chuckyfunk
5 stars This album is indeed an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. BUT! It is an essential listen for anyone who appreciates a greatly crafted piece of art.

I fell in love with iamthemorning's music by listening to their first album. They were my companions in one of my trips this year. Walking around Times Square and Central Park while listening to Marjana's voice is quite a beautiful experience. I have to be grateful to this amazing page for publishing artists like these.

Now, their second album. This time iamthemorning sounds more like a prog band. I got the first hint even before listening to the record just by realising that they are now part of the Kscope label. I quite enjoyed the intermissions on the first album, they give the whole "concept piece" (if I may) a very classical touch. This time, the intermissions sound more experimental, which, for me is not a bad thing at all because it shows an sonic evolution for the band.

The songs are just, plainly, amazing. The opener "The Howler" gives you the idea that this band now wants to rock by now using more prominently an electric guitar and a more rocking drum beat. A very different approach to what the previous album showed. Then, starting the second song "To Human Misery" we get that "iamthemorning" harmony with a lot of experimentation, I believe that a lot of it has to do with the inclusion of master Harrison on drums. Me as a drummer immediately identified his chops which give the whole album an excellent touch. There are far more prog elements on this album than the predecessor, like I said, mainly thanks to the drummer's input but also we hear now longer compositions like the beautiful "Crowded Corridors" and now more complex time signatures like the 9/4 on "K.O.S."

This band had set their bar extremely high with their first record and, with this second album they just blew past that bar and created one of the best prog albums from this decade. I don't feel like that's an overstatement because prog is about finding new sounds, creating original, and artistic musical expression, which this album does in one of the most beautiful ways. I really hope we get to hear more from them and that I get the chance to see them live!

chuckyfunk | 5/5 |

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