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LUNATIC SOUL II

Lunatic Soul

 

Crossover Prog

3.84 | 276 ratings

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bartosso
4 stars More lunatic Duda

I must admit, that I haven't been mesmerized by BLACK LUNATIC SOUL as much as I was amazed by Riverside's recent album. Nonetheless, I've been curious about Duda's new work, because something in the black album made me think: "this guy has a potential, just give him more time". The White Lunatic Soul is proof that I was right - in my opinion the new one is more original and intriguing than the black one!

WHITE LUNATIC SOUL, also called LUNATIC SOUL II is more interesting in terms of mood and melodies. From the first seconds the atmosphere is disturbing yet still light in a way, since the concept was meant to be set in afterlife/psycho/asylum theme, as Mariusz Duda announced a few months before the release. It's done thoroughly. Music seems to be more ethereal and psychedelic. Another step forward is amount of experiments - Asoulum is a great example of very well done mixture of melodic moods with eclectic approach. Unfortunately, monotony is still there, even if less. It is more digestible now and it seems to be an inherent part of the mood. Still, I consider it a disadvantage.

I think three songs deserve a special mention in this review, namely, aforementioned Asoulum, Transistion and Wanderings. Three different yet still coherent with the concept and, above all, very good songs. Asoulum is psychedelic and eclectic but still very melodic; Transistion on the other hand is hypnotic and disturbing song with very long yet extremely atmospheric intro and a very good outro; Finally, Wanderings is more accessible, very soothing yet dynamic piece with nice coda.

It turned out to be a very good album, which proves that Mariusz Duda is a progressive artist one of his kind. Still, the monotony is the main flaw of this release. I would love to call it masterpiece since it is very genuine, emotional and interesting record but in term of composition Mariusz Duda still have to develop his skills. My score is a big and fruity 4!

bartosso | 4/5 |

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