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Lee Abraham


Crossover Prog

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5 stars Wow! What a scintillating listen that was! I own three albums by Lee Abraham as well as his recent Galahad material and knew full well that this was quite the talented artist , showing delightful elegance on the terrific ''The Seasons Turn'', in particular the title track that first got me hooked , elated that Marc Atkinson was the main vocalist, he being one of the finest voices in music, period. Riversea have two masterpieces that I hold very dear, so when he grabs the microphone on this superb recording, I just know this will be killer! It is! The radiant choir mellotron makes numerous appearances, making this a symphonic masterpiece, from beginning to end. There is very little space between songs , making this more of a continuous suite, much to our listening pleasure. The theme is what makes this interesting , based on a person in an accident becoming comatose. Take that on your pink chin, Roger Waters!

In a faintly disguised nod to the Floyd, ''Numb part1'' sends this opus on it's way with immediate impact and intense intrigue as the life monitor beeps ever so creepily. Brooding softness prevails, acoustic and electric guitar vying for some comfort zone , all very placid until the booming drums announce the choir mellotron , cresting and surging , splicing a liquid lead into the maelstrom , heightening the angst into near metalloid realms. Ambulance sirens, troubled piano and Marc begins singing in his inimitable style, a voice that needs no effect but here given a parallel ''dying treatment'' in the chorus, Lee ripping a sizzling solo to further entice. Absolutely divine. This bleeds (pardon the pun) right into « Realisation » , another jewel in the crown, a sophisticated prog ensemble work that shines ever so brightly, guided by a Spanish guitar motif that emotes magnificently, choir mellotron in tow. Laced with another whirlwind vocal performance, Marc's expressive voice is quite a thrill, as the extended electric solo just carves like a knife. Things keep moving along in utter melodic perfection , tones of Jim Kerr of Simple Minds appear on the rousing « Twisted Metal », Marc hushing voice whispering dark nothings , as the band plows mercilessly ahead, Gerald Mulligan putting on a brief drum clinic. This is a killer track that seems to flow naturally, expressing the human softness trying to survive within jagged wreckage. Marc bellows magnificently on the searing « Ascend the Sky » , with its luminous grandeur and majestic aura, a gospel-like choir pushing the wave along, stunningly tailored with a clangy, stinging country-style guitar tone a la Steve Cropper. « The Sun » offers a pastoral funeral for a friend that is the premise for this bucolic , acoustic guitar and flute ballad , sorrowfully sung , a huge melody of momentary release . Very English ,very impressive and meticulous , made eventful by a patented Atkinson vocal, a thing of soulful beauty. As a farewell treat we get a slick acoustic guitar solo that defies the odds. « Numb part 2 » just keeps the tension rolling undaunted, I daresay defiant as Lee and Marc weave their creative magic, delivering memorable performances , getting heavy as the chug through tough terrain, swirling into the maelstrom of sound and slicing ferociously through the torrential mellotron waves, at break neck cosmic speed, supremely controlled and utterly devastating. The hot and sweaty « No Going back » slams hard , armed with another whopping melody , bruising drum attack, choppy guitars , making ''you want to reach for the sky, no asking why'', Lee unslinging a seismic axe barrage of monster proportions, what more could you want? Absolute diamond. « Awaken » closes off this gargantuan effort, a dazzling display of melodic, emotive and inspired singing and playing, relentlessly beautiful in its presentation and messaging. Lee rips a solo for the ages, one of the dizziest displays this side of Steve Hackett.

Everything here is perfect, memorable, thrilling, inventive and explosive, chock full of massive melodies that stick in your mind and coated with endless mellotron waves, superb soloing and kick-ass drumming. And need I repeat, the finest vocals you could possibly imagine.

My favorite album of 2019, hands down.

5 numb skulls

tszirmay | 5/5 |


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