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A TAPESTRY OF TALES

Looking-Glass Lantern

 

Neo-Prog

3.69 | 11 ratings

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PH
5 stars If a multi-talented musician has enough confidence in his songwriting, there should appear the self-performed, self-produced and even self-released masterwork. It's time for Graham Dunnington to confirm this theory. So LOOKING-GLASS LANTERN takes the heritage of Victorian England into the 21-st century by means of wonderful CD 'A Tapestry of Tales'. Arose from famous adventures of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, this debut album is tour-de- force of symphonic progressive grandeur, filled with church organs and miraculous harpsichords, brass fanfares and tinkling bells, violin-like guitar passages and steady rhythm section. Classically oriented arrangements are on a top level. The vintage instruments (Korg, Roland, Yamaha) build up the atmosphere to recreate the feeling of that original era. The lead vocals complimented by neat harmonies add an essential part to sonic texture... Undoubtedly, Looking-Glass Lantern draws on the Genesis legacy ('Wind and Wuthering' period). A lot of Tony Banks-ish bliss strengthens such comparison. Being a real wizard with the keyboards, Graham Dunnington has mastery over the guitar. The soft-as-velvet tones display a resemblance to Steve Hackett. Fans of Phil Collins will find plenty of exquisite drumming. Melodic bass-lines evoke Mike Rutherford. Additionally to Genesis, there're enchanting moments to recall Alan Parsons Project and Barclay James Harvest; plus allusion to Keith Emerson (in dizzying heights of title track). Thankfully, everything sounds natural and organic. The musical content doesn't wear out its miraculous eloquence until the final note. Bravo!
PH | 5/5 |

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