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Little Atlas



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erik neuteboom
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4 stars



Little Atlas is an USA four piece band (with an additional female singer) that was founded in the Nineties, in 1998 they released their debut CD entitled Neverwordly. This new album is their fourth, released in 2007. One can conclude that Little Atlas took their time to produce this new album and indeed, it has paid off, what a varied and exciting progrock album with strong vocals!

The 10 compositions are song-oriented but due to the frequent shifting moods, breaks and strong soli on several instruments, Little Atlas succeeds to keep my attention during this new album. A very tasteful extra dimension is the use of the vintage keyboards, from choir-Mellotron and Hammond organ to Minimoog synthesizer and Fender Rhodes electric piano. Despite these typically Seventies keyboards, Little Atlas doesn't sound dated. In contrary, they sound fresh and modern, here are a few examples. The long track Silence contains lots of variety, from an intro with soaring keyboards, a slow rhythm with saxophone and a break with choir- Mellotron to compelling with propulsive drums and rhythm-guitar, a mid-tempo with fluent piano runs and a dreamy final part with sensitive electric guitar, emotional vocals and beautul flute. In Paranoiac the atmosphere is often compelling with powerful Hammond waves, sensational Minimoog flights, biting guitar and strong interplay between keyboards and guitar. My highlight is the track Symbiosis featuring lots of shifting moods and dynamics, exciting work on guitar and keyboards and a strong build-up to a compelling, verybombastic grand finale. The final song Special contains a warm sound with piano, acoustic guitar and violin, then a solo on acoustic guitar and in the end we can enjoy a synthesizer solo that delivers a sound that is mighty close to Lucky Man by Keith Emerson.

This is a very good new album by Little Atlas, the band has made a stuning progression, perhaps Hollow will be the breakthrough for these crafted and creative musicians. Highly recommended!

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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