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4 stars A brilliant mix of Progressive Celtic Pop Rock and sweeping odd time instrumentals, 'JOURNEY' never fails to disappoint.

Stand out tunes for guitarists include 'ENCIRCLING', an 11 minute epic based on St. Patrick's 'breastplate prayers' (or Lorica), declaring the surrounding and encompassing of God. Bainbridge's guitar work goes all out in part two of the epic (Tara) with a blistering solo speaking both dissonance and harmony at its conclusion.

Also noteworthy for guitarists, 'BI-SE I MO SHUIL PART 2', which contains a duel/lead electric guitar and Ulillean Pipe line in 11/8 time...Masterful!

Amongst the more concise songs, standouts are 'WISDOM' and 'INSIDE MY HEART.'

Most mentionable is JOANNE HOGGS haunting vocals, which elicit an almost instrument-like quality. .And you can never go wrong with a Guest Appearance by ROBERT FRIPP (KING CRIMSON) on 'DIVINE PRESENCE' and 'THE SEARCH.'

The album's stunning closer, 'WHILE I SURVEY,' reaches out to the old hymn of the same name and breathes new life into the near exhausted genre.

All in all, 'JOURNEY' is a stunning realization of beauty and vision. And if you ever fall asleep listening to this record (i.e. listening before you go to bed) YOU WILL be stirred to life by 'HEAVEN'S BRIGHT SUN,' an excellent instrumental passage which never wanes in passion or conviction!

ScottAN | 4/5 |


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