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3 stars Good music from a talented guy.

The Earth is full of talented musicians whose music must be spread all around the world, we have the luck of having this man Robert Brown as a collaborator of this site, because he besides reviewing and collaborating as an active member, shares his compositions with his Epignosis project. I won a free download from him some months ago and here is my review.

His debut album called "Still the Waters" was released in 2009 as an independent record, where five songs were included making a total time of 56 minutes. Here we can appreciate his talent as "one man band", and also a nice collaboration of his wife Tasha. The first song named "Still the Waters", the title track which is a vivid proof of his talent, the song starts with a charm and calm sound, nice acoustic guitars and a tranquil atmosphere, then the song changes a little with the introduction of electric guitars, there is a nice and far solo which sounds quite good there, also the addition of keyboards give a new sound to the song. Later it returns to that tranquil atmosphere. A nice song, but I have to admit that there are a couple of things that could be better in the future: one is the quality of the sound, I mean the production (and I am sure Robert knows it), and the vocals, which are not bad at all but honestly not the best.

"A Pearl in a Field" with a nice keyboard introduction which seconds later is accompanied by good drums, a couple of minutes like this and then just an acoustic guitar with vocals. A nice electric guitar a minute later and good synth whose comfortable sound can relax you, this time and being terribly honest I would have preferred this as a pure instrumental song.

"Move" is a nice song, a nice introduction with vocals and electric guitar, the rhythm changes a bit later but the first structure returns almost immediately, the vocals turn a bit more emotional. Worth mentioning there is a soft but nice keyboard element that sounds in some moments. At half the song there is a completely new and interesting sound with freaky keyboard sounds and nice drums. This change was necessary because the song was becoming boring, but with this it became actually more intriguing.

"An Everlasting Kingdom" has a beautiful sound, gentle acoustic guitar and keyboards as an introduction, then the tranquil and relaxing mood implemented by some "sea" effects and seconds later vocals appear producing a gentle and enjoyable sound which later will be completed with Tasha Brown's vocals, creating a community with Robert's voice and also with the music, provoking a smile on me. There is an interlude when things calm down (more) and you as a listener can close your eyes and imagine things, this is a very special and beautiful moment. But later drums appear and the direction changes all of a sudden, a guitar solo and the use of keyboards making a challenging symphonic sound catch the listener and don't let you go until the song is over. This is without a doubt my favorite song of the album, brilliant.

And the longest track (almost 20 minutes) is "No Shadow of Turning" the song that finishes this album. It is difficult to me to review a song this long because it has several short passages that should be mentioned, because Epignosis managed to create an elaborated composition where he put an extraordinary effort, and because I may bore the readers if I wanted to write about all details. This is the proggiest song of this album (not saying the others aren't) but the use of mellotron, those drums, the sound of the bass and the constant mood and rhythm changes don't let me lie. A salad of sounds, plenty of colors and textures represented here, an excellent song in my opinion.

Very nice debut with a couple of brilliant tracks, the others are good but have not clicked with me actually as I wished, however, I want to invite people to get closer with our fellow collaborator and musician Epignosis, he has good things to share. I am sure that in the future with a better production he will release memorable records. My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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