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A WORLD OF GREAT INVENTION

Looking-Glass Lantern

 

Neo-Prog

3.88 | 8 ratings

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Second Endeavour
4 stars My thoughts (after the run-through)...

Being a fan of LOOKING-GLASS LANTERN for 7 years now, I was eager to compare the brand new album 'A World of Great Invention' with its predecessors. Well. Today I am able to describe some aspects of this stylish record. One statement can be derived immediately - Graham Dunnington continues to mature and his project stands alone like an undertaking of quality. Sure, you can hear the well-crafted progressive rock with a symphonic feel, depth and melodic panache, marvelous orchestration, vocal prowness, plus a quite unique storyline to complement everything. The sound environment is full of hypnotic bliss featuring Hammond, pipe organ, string synthesizer, 'choir', piano, harpsichord, accordion, concertina, guitar ingredients, various bell and tuned percussions. Mainly, LGL stays true to the generic approach, yet CD 'A World of Great Invention' unveils the musical paradigm on its own terms. To create an intrigue, the lyrical screenplay affords a distinctive subject matter for exploration here: the eight-track set is dedicated to the inventions and new technologies at the end of the Victorian era such like daily newspaper, the postage stamp, indoor domestic lighting, the department store, portrait photography, the bicycle, the advent of steamships, the industrialization of farming. It may be fair to lable this CD a concept album as much as the thematic work, since all the material possesses a type of adaptation to really do the story justice. Each chapter segues into the next one, creating a cohesive feel, bookened by the poetic writing and flawless delivery which make this LGL message a deeply emotional experience. The internal balance has been accomplished, showing a variety of tempos during the given time length. Wonderful atmosphere washes over listener, encircling, pulling closer to its core. There is a lot for the brain and the ear to absorb. It may take some time to sink in... Either way I can't see any sense to spend the whole hour with talking about the final outcome, because the sheer prog rock 'connoisseurs' should find their own meanings and favorite tracks on this remarkable album. So folks. Take a walk down CD 'A World Of Great Invention' by Looking-Glass Lantern for yourself.

Second Endeavour | 4/5 |

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