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3.97 | 28 ratings | 3 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Paper Cuts (2:39)
2. Life Drawing (4:44)
3. Atom Of Warmth (5:26)
4. Morning Wraiths (5:58)
5. Halcyon Years (5:28)
6. The Last Of The Libertine (5:44)
7. Black Sun (6:23)
8. Terra Nova (5:20)

Total time 41:42

Line-up / Musicians

- Richard Wileman / classical & electric guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, bouzouki, rastrophone
- Ileesha Bailey / vocals
- Helen Dearnley / violin
- Caron Hansford / oboe, cor Anglais
- Zoe Josey (King) / flute, tenor saxophone
- Louise Hurst / trumpet

Releases information

Artwork: Richard Wileman

CD Cyclops - Cycl 163 (2007, UK)

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KARDA ESTRA The Last Of The Libertine ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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KARDA ESTRA The Last Of The Libertine reviews

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Review by kev rowland
4 stars

I have been a fan of Richard Wileman's work since I first became aware of his previous band, Lives & Times, yet I was surprised to see that this 2007 release was actually his eleventh as Karda Estra. The concept this time is of a man who exchanged his soul for a life of indulgence and the inevitable sadness when it comes to an end. Richard has again brought together a strong line-up to assist him in bringing this story to musical life, and as always has delivered an instrumental album of incredible complexity and depth. In previous reviews I have often commented on the cinematic quality of his work, combined with a great breadth of almost orchestral stylings. This album contains those elements but is now very tightly focussed with some almost jazz-stylings from the brass and woodwind. It is also interesting to hear Richard adopting some of the rockiest guitar playing I have heard from him on "Life Drawing" which is very much in direct contrast to "Atom Of Warmth".

I have been playing a lot of Antony Phillips in recent weeks and I can hear some of the same use of instrumentation and acoustic guitar here, especially when Richard produces some of his acoustic touches. Interestingly there are also sections that are quite reminiscent of Steve Hackett, but there is no way that his could be considered a homage to Genesis! Yet again Richard has produced a stand out work that lovers of good music are encouraged to discover for themselves. It may not be rock, it may not be jazz, it may not be truly classical, but as an amalgam of all three plus much more, this is a delight from the first note to the last.

Originally appeared in Amplified #109, 2010

Latest members reviews

3 stars My decision to buy this album was based on my first listening to the samples on the web, that sound beautiful, with mysterious and peculiar melodies, and high quality of performance, sound and production. Later on I've heard some more tracks that Richard Wileman, the driving force behind Karda ... (read more)

Report this review (#243419) | Posted by ShW1 | Wednesday, October 7, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is excellent music. Completely intelligent and full of musical craftsmanship but also extremely moody and absorbing. One of the most impressive aspects of it is that it primarily uses acoustic instruments such as classical guitar, oboe, flute, washy mystical female vocals, vibes and piano etc ... (read more)

Report this review (#192243) | Posted by Neil C | Sunday, December 7, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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