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Jon Anderson


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3.05 | 59 ratings

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4 stars It's fair to say that Anderson displays a deep spiritual/esoteric devotion at every opportunity. This album largely follows that line with the emphasis here on Nature and the environment.

Starting off with an engaging, somewhat folkish piece is an instant hit with me - not that I listen to much Folk at all. "Time Has Come" is not typical for Anderson, but executed in a splendid manner and makes me want to hear more of that approach. Simple, yet effective and achieves it's aim of drawing immediate attention.

What follows is a bit of a disappointment after such start. Typical meandering pieces speckled with his usual angelic instrumentation. Musically, it fails to captivate however pleasant it may be in the right mood.

Then suddenly track 11 "Whalewatching" wakes me with a powerful guitar strumming that commands my attention again. Here, he drives his message through with gentle aggression (well, somebody had to come up with such term...). Curiously, the song goes out with a Celtic- like chant that surprisingly blends in well as an outro. (This chant is so haunting that I tend to sing it out loud on my walks at the beach, ready to be surprised by something out of the ordinary. It appears to be an effective call, inviting unseen realms to be present.)

Well, these two track pretty much are of the only interest to me here. If Anderson were to put together an album with similar songs, it would feature amongst my very favorites.

BORA | 4/5 |


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