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A DROP OF LIGHT

All Traps On Earth

 

Symphonic Prog

4.46 | 326 ratings

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PapaFelix
5 stars From my review at Sonic Perspectives, dated November 17, 2018:

As a reviewer, it pains me to compare this album to Änglagård, as it deserves to live and breathe in its own space and have its own identity. But let's face it, most people curious about this album are probably already familiar with the musicians who play on it, and want to know how it stacks up against the "day job" band of its creators. That said, any fan of Änglagård needs to buy this album. It's not exactly the same thing, but it will scratch the itch left by the six years between this writing and when the last proper Änglagård album was released. But if someone is not familiar with any of the music discussed here, it could work in reverse? start here, and see what you think, and if you enjoy it, then you have a great back-catalog adventure ahead of you. But, ultimately, the bottom line here is this was a monumental work taken on by Johan Brand and it is musical, beautiful, and almost akin to romantic composers of yesterday in its scope. In a 2018 full of insane amounts of top-notch releases in the genre, this one might fly under the radar a bit but is no less important than the big names selling out Royal Albert Hall. It deserves to be heard, pondered, and shared.

"A Drop of Light" is admittedly gloomy at times, but it's full of dark beauty, as well. The amount of music happening on this record is almost too much to be contained within two channels, but it's excellent from start to finish. It might be a bit too thick to wade through for fans of more crossover prog or neo-prog, like someone used to drinking Bud Light attempting a Guinness, but the destination is worth the journey, for those bold enough to try. Highly recommended, and I would give the album a 4.5 out of 5, which I'll round up to 5 here.

PapaFelix | 5/5 |

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