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ONE AMONG THE LIVING

Mystery

 

Neo-Prog

3.99 | 204 ratings

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poslednijat_colobar
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4 stars Mature Mystery

After long expectation, I finally am able to listen and comment the newest album by Canadian band Mystery - One Among the Living. The main reason for my expectation of this album is Benoit David - current vocalist of Yes. Yes are going to record new album and Mystery's One Among the Living is preparatory album for Benoit. First of all, I would say I shan't regret about my great expectations here, because I found one of the strongest albums of the year.

Mystery's prime genre is melodic rock with serious contact to classic rock and neo-progressive rock. One Among the Living isn't an exception. In addition to the line-up of the band, there are extensive list of notable guest musicians for the fulfilment of the album, including Daryl Stuermer, the bandmate of Benoit David in Yes - Oliver Wakeman and John Jowitt.

The album contains 14 songs (6 of which - parts of Through Different Eyes suite). One Among the Living characterizes as a long melodic album with solid and mature sound as well as a lot of Yes and neo-prog influence. I was wondering, whether Benoit David will include any Yes influence and the answer is yes! Only after two years with Yes he is composing like Yesman! The songs contain rich variety of memorable ideas. The structure of the music is constructed gentle and polished.

The songs are reasonable and the songwriting is of high quality. All around the album rules calmness, although there are a few dynamic and hearder songs with saturated sound. The musicianship is of high quality, too! Guitar solos are perspicacious; drums are precise and confident with complicated structure; bass complements the energy of the album with refinement; keyboards are lush and powerful.

At last, but not at least, I would mention this unique voice of Benoit David. It's the best component of One Among the Living. Presently, this is one of the best rock voices I've heard (together with Rob Halford's on Judas Priest's Nostradamus). Benoit David is able to sing high octaves (like Jon Anderson), as well as powerful and artistic parts when it's needed. Just brilliant! Highly recommended to all who like music with such parameters! 4+ stars.

poslednijat_colobar | 4/5 |

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