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SPHERES ALIGNED

Lost World Band

 

Crossover Prog

3.86 | 53 ratings

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BrufordFreak
3 stars Less proggy than previous releases, does Andy want to be a 1960s jazz-pop star? The musicianship remains top notch if the compositions a little more sappy/syrupy.

1. "Aligned" (3:56) (8.4/10)

2. "Rockfall" (3:44) (8.1/10)

3. "Dawn Day Dusk Night" (3:37) an awesome kind of Satie-esque Gentle Giant vocal-instrumental weave experiment (9.5/10)

4. "Running In The Sun" (3:47) fast-moving rock with all instruments and vocals worked tightly into the weave. A little bit of THE ASSOCIATION or RIFTH DIMENSION worked into the harmonies in the vocal arrangements. (8.5/10)

5. "Symphonic" (5:05) sounds like an jazzy instrumental continuation/variation on the previous song. Not really necessary. (8.2/10)

6. "Aise" (1:26) nice little Keith Emerson-John Tout piano solo. (4.5/5)

7. "Sail Away" (3:43) piano-based vocal ballad by Andy. His English vocals are definitely improving. (8.25/10)

8. "Crystalized" (4:18) another jazz-pop instrumental with some classical/math rock structure to it. Nice flute work and whole-band cohesion. Could be a Broadway or soundtrack career for Andy yet! (9/10)

9. "Lighter than Air" (3:53) spiritual/New Age, too? Nice choral section with flute and piano interlaced but, otherwise ... meh. (7.75/10)

10. "Pressured" (4:35) I can't help but cringe when I hear Andy's music try to go to heavy rock'n'roll power chords. Nice keyboard flights in the Edgar Winter "Frankenstein" sections. (7.75/10)

11. "I Am the World" (8:45) an uninspired attempt at a prog epic. Kind of a cross between Yes The Yes Album and Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park." (16/20)

Total Time 46:49

Four stars; a solid contribution to the modern lexicon of Progressive Rock music though not Andy's best (that was 2016's excellent Of Things and Beings).

BrufordFreak | 3/5 |

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