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3.74 | 188 ratings

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4 stars This is, by far, my favorite Karmakanic album of the 3 I've heard. This is a fun album featuring incredible playing by four very talented and skilled musicians. This band is Jonas Reingolds baby, and he writes all the music.

Masterplan is a two part epic, that bookends the album. I must say though, that Masterplan part 2 always seems more like Wheel Of Life part 2, as it doesn't seem connected to the first part. In any case, Part 1 is a fantastic upbeat piece of symphonic prog that rivals the best Flower Kings material for me. A wonderful major key melody drives the song, while frantic and dexterous instrumental parts make it a joy to listen to.

Alex in Paradise is song about Jonas' son, a toddler at the time, and is also quite upbeat and features lyrics that any parent can relate to. A fun song, though one of my least favorites on the album, musically speaking.

At the Speed of Light is another that doesn't do a whole lot for me, but is well composed and has some enjoyable lyrics and playing. It just doesn't have that special something that other tracks to for me for some reason.

Do U Tango? is an incredible instrumental workout and easily my favorite piece of music on the album. Jonas and Zoltan both shine on this piece with some excellent playing by all band members. This is prog rock folks, at its finest.

Where the Earth Meets the Sky starts with an outstanding instrumental introduction featuring wonderful syncopated guitar and keyboard interplay before morphing into a dramatic symphonic ballad that is quite emotional and enjoyable to listen to. A great track and probably my third favorite after Do U Tango? and Masterplan part 1.

Hindby is a mellow instrumental number that is a nice transition between the previous track and the next one, the title track. The title track is another one that leaves me a little cold, though it has a nice upbeat melody and tempo and features more great instrumental work by these fantastic musicians. Masterplan part 2, which ends the album, is as I mentioned more of a continuation of the title track, but in a mellower and more relaxed way. Ending the album comparatively gently.

All in all, a great album well worth having for the Flower King fan as well as those who like some jazz fusion with their symphonic prog. I like that this album features a core band of four great players, unlike the previous album which was more a conglomeration of guests and almost like a Jonas Reingold solo album. Anyway, 4 solid stars for me, as even the lesser song on here hold my attention well.

infandous | 4/5 |


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