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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Among the Living (1:13)
2. Wolf (5:53)
3. Between Love and Hate (5:53)
4. Till the Truth Comes Out (9:25)
5. Kameleon Man (5:01)
6. Through Different Eyes
- I When Sorrow Turns to Pain (3:56)
- II Apocalyptic Visions of Paradise (1:48)
- III So Far Away (5:51)
- IV The Point of No Return (2:21)
- V The Silent Scream (5:57)
- VI Dancing With Butterflies (2:42)
7. One Among the Living (6:27)
8. The Falling Man (7:39)
9. Sailing on a Wing (4:55)

Total Time: 69:01

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Line-up / Musicians

- Benoît David / vocals
- Michel St-Père / electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards
- Steve Gagné / drums

Additional musicians:
- Benoît Dupuis / keyboards
- Dean Baldwin / guitars
- François Fournier / bass, taurus pedals
- Daryl Stuermer / guitar
- Oliver Wakeman / keyboards
- John Jowitt / bass
- Antoine Fafard / bass
- Claire Vezina / vocals
- Richard Lanthier / bass

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CD Unicorn Records UNCR-5080 (1 June 2010)

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3.99
(200 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
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Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog Team
4 stars After the excellent cd Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face, Mystery are back with a second cd with the actual Yes singer Benoit David and guests such as John Jowitt, Darryl Stuermer and Oliver Wakeman. So the influence are obvious and i might add a closer influence with the swiss band, Clepsydra mainly because of the fine vocals, male and female that we have through out the cd. We have some beautiful melodies of symphonic music with a heavy edge create by the punchy drumming of Steve Gagné and the guitar of the versatile Michele St-Père. The band has produce is best cd, and they are now far away from their AOR influence by becoming a excellent Neo-Prog band with strong compositions.

4 stars and more...

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Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review by poslednijat_colobar
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4 stars Mature Mystery

After long expectation, I finally am able to listen and comment the newest album by Canadian band Mystery - One Among the Living. The main reason for my expectation of this album is Benoit David - current vocalist of Yes. Yes are going to record new album and Mystery's One Among the Living is preparatory album for Benoit. First of all, I would say I shan't regret about my great expectations here, because I found one of the strongest albums of the year.

Mystery's prime genre is melodic rock with serious contact to classic rock and neo-progressive rock. One Among the Living isn't an exception. In addition to the line-up of the band, there are extensive list of notable guest musicians for the fulfilment of the album, including Daryl Stuermer, the bandmate of Benoit David in Yes - Oliver Wakeman and John Jowitt.

The album contains 14 songs (6 of which - parts of Through Different Eyes suite). One Among the Living characterizes as a long melodic album with solid and mature sound as well as a lot of Yes and neo-prog influence. I was wondering, whether Benoit David will include any Yes influence and the answer is yes! Only after two years with Yes he is composing like Yesman! The songs contain rich variety of memorable ideas. The structure of the music is constructed gentle and polished.

The songs are reasonable and the songwriting is of high quality. All around the album rules calmness, although there are a few dynamic and hearder songs with saturated sound. The musicianship is of high quality, too! Guitar solos are perspicacious; drums are precise and confident with complicated structure; bass complements the energy of the album with refinement; keyboards are lush and powerful.

At last, but not at least, I would mention this unique voice of Benoit David. It's the best component of One Among the Living. Presently, this is one of the best rock voices I've heard (together with Rob Halford's on Judas Priest's Nostradamus). Benoit David is able to sing high octaves (like Jon Anderson), as well as powerful and artistic parts when it's needed. Just brilliant! Highly recommended to all who like music with such parameters! 4+ stars.

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Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars I'm sure there can't be too many PA members who aren't aware of the controversial replacement of Jon Anderson in Yes by Benoit David, singer with Canadian neo prog band Mystery. Whatever your views on the matter it will certainly have raised Mystery's profile amongst the prog community and their new album One Among The Living is bound to receive more attention than any of their previous releases as a consequence.

One Among The Living sees no great leaps or changes in style from their last excellent album, Beneath The Veil Of Winter's Face, where their sound owes as much to melodic AOR in the vein of Styx and Boston as it does to neo prog. Not surprisingly there's the occasional Yes moment in the sound too. As a result they're an easy and accessible listen with an emphasis on strong melodies. Overall the album matches ITVOWF but I have to admit there's nothing quite as good as Travel To The Night or As I Am here where the instant hooks and captivating instrumental close of the former demanded you to hit the replay button. Nevertheless, the quality never drops below good and is often excellent.

Highlights tend to be the most melodic songs; Wolf and Between Love and Hate being as good as it gets. Certainly not particularly complex; just great hooks with some powerful guitar work and lush keyboards. Special mention has to be made of Through Different Eyes, a 22 minute epic made up of 6 shorter pieces and is overall excellent. Well paced and structured with some strong instrumental work alongside the fine melodies. The Falling Man stands out for its darker sound and is another high point.

One Among The Living is another winner from Mystery sure to please any fans of the band and there's more than enough high quality material on offer to impress those who have decided to look in because of David's association with Yes and sure to win them a few new fans at least.

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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Mystery last album to date released this year and named very suggestive One among the living is maybe thir best effort so far and one of the top albums of 2010 for sure. Besides the music which is pretty awesome, here are some well known invited guest like Daryl Stuermer on guitar or Oliver Wakeman among others. Well, this is a solid album, more towards eclectic music to me rather then a neo prog album, maybe some elemnts from this subgenre are present but definetly is not a neo prog release as a whole. Maybe Mystery is not one of the most known band from Canada, but with this album thy proved that they know bussines. The album has more then an hour of music and must confess I was very impressed by every piece, one or two of them remind me a lot of Black Sabbath (Tony Martin era), is like they were exctracted from Cross purposes or Headless cross albums. The album as whole is much heavier then on previous efforts, but keeping that AOR flavour in places. The voice of Benoît David is fantastic , he manage to have some special moments here like on title track One Among the Living , fantastic voice, he fits like glove here with the music. Also here is an epic of 23 min named Through Different Eyes divided in 6 parts, great , but not the best moments of the album I might say, really, anyway great work with good towards great instrumental passages. Maybe to some of you Mystery is totaly unknown band, but I mustsay that they realy done it with this one. Almost everything is perfect and where shoul belong, from guitar riffs, the vocal arrangements everything is top notch. An overlooked album IMO, this will be one of the top 10 at least at the end of the year. 4 stars easy, as the previous reviewers said this is the most mature work from the band and one of the top for this year.

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Review by lor68
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3 stars Well as usual it's difficult to rate a work of Neo-Prog, like the present one, cause you can find some interesting features within (above all the vocals) as well as a few common places, which could be a minor defect at the end...I figure that for example the old Styx should play in the manner of "Mystery" if They were a true melodic prog band. In fact this Canadian band can show some intelligent lyrics and quite strong guitars too, apart from a few more accessible moments!! This is their best album, after "Beneath the Veil of Winters Face", and it's not a pretentious work like for instance the debut album by Hamadryad (these latter looking for the modern version of Gentle Giant). Otherwise for me the compositions are not powerful enough like the best albums by Rush (above all "Farewell to Kings" and "Hemisphere"), but this album is never banal or too much easy (I forgive so many bands anyway for this kind of defect, like those ones inside a few albums by Saga or Pallas for instance, so I will not criticize Mystery also in this case...).

At the end They cannot exagerate their virtuosity, but the prog features are always present here...so I can add an half star (maximum, cause their work lacks of creativity), but you know that I prefer the complex works of progressive music and- after all- as for this reason my opinion is a little bit affected only...nevermind, you can check this album out anyway!!

(even though the evaluation could be "four stars", inside a collection of pomp rock/AOR)

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Review by tszirmay
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5 stars Mystery that it took me so much time and effort to get into this rather eloquent French Canadian band! I mean all the right foundations were there: a glorious prog history in Quebec that remains almost unparalleled anywhere else, a previous album (Beneath the Veil?) that had surprised not only myself but the general prog public and add the incredible Benoit David saga, in and out of Yes, just like a true mercenary. "One Beyond the Living" passed by my listen/review radar in a moment of uncontrolled distraction, ripped a few tracks to my media player and promptly moved on to other stuff. Stupid me! I recently rediscovered this sensational album thanks to my automobile stereo and I have been indulging in multiple repeat plays for 2 weeks now. I do have a hard time with pigeon-holing this as a purely neo offering, as Mystery offers up a varied set of musical spices, ranging from power AOR pop (mostly due to Benoit's uniquely distinctive voice), kick-ass bass, solid drums and swirly guitar playing as well as a smattering of lavish symphonics and heady orchestrations. Certainly not experimental or avant-garde by any stretch, just well-polished and superbly crafted melodies that have some serious "oomph" , a trait that super-dinosaur Yes should consider, as they have produced so much satinized bleep lately (the so-so "Fly From Here" has Benoit's saving grace lungs all over the rather poor arrangements). Leader Michel St-Père has crafted a classic sounding album that has all the hallmarks of a stunner.

The wee ouverture is just a prelude to "Wolf", a full-blown melodic mesmerizer that has all the attributes to make a solid impression on any prog fan. Benoit shows off his incredible voice (hints of Jon Anderson, a way less nasal Steve Perry, Michael Sadler, the legendary Robert Plant and even REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin) and the main riff is stitched together with some wispy synthesizer, rifling guitar, rumbling bass and some solid drumming. The chorus is a complete screecher, hitting the loftiest highs and mining deep into the pleasure nodes. A simple yet effective synth flurry keeps the instrumental bridge lively and exciting, full of power, presence and melancholia. Yeah, its attractive, memorable and you can hum to it! The sleek "Between Love and Hate" is one of those sexy prog ballads that one can listen to all night, a goblet of luscious Vosne-Romanée in one hand and the breast of a lover in another. As the loving caress becomes an intense groove, spooky rhythms and a colossal chorus pound hard and fast, tossing in some technical prowess in chord changes as well as a ruthless axe solo. There is an unambiguous power-prog feel that is front and center, great driving music and cinematographic aural visualizations abound. The nearly 10 minute symph epic "Until the Truth Comes Out" continues the melancholic traits that litter this recording, crafting another gigantic melody and chiseling it with a diamond cutter's precision, "keeping the dream alive" and stretching the piece to successful lengths by introducing a myriad of sizzling shifts and compelling solo endeavors, St-Père in particular showing off some skill and symphonic technique in his extended instrumental section, sculpting some hot riffs that flutter mercilessly amid the screaming leads , all endowed by colossal mellotron bursts. This is easily one of their more intricate pieces ever, a must for progfans who still have any lingering doubts about their progressive quotient. .

After such a whopper, a little levity is permitted with the bold and heavy "Kameleon Man", a quirky, bass-fueled rumble that has a hint of classic Led Zeppelin. The main riff chugs along like a Swiss train, precise and dedicated, an "owl hoot" guitar that twists and turns. The synthesizer solo is sweet and impressive as the bulldozing riff hammers along, unmolested. Yeah, it's finished off by a blistering Jimmy Page-like axe solo that scratches and growls like someone still 'dazed and confused' after all these years!

The absolute highlight of this release is the 6 part, 22 minute and 35 second suite "Through Different Eyes", a colossus that the hopeless Yes could have created had it still had any creative juice left. This track is akin to the classic "Gates of Delirium" in its scope and harmonious disposition. We are in total symphonic realms, without any doubt what so ever. The excited electric guitar does some devious acrobatics at first (I like to call it "Satrianisms"), the electronic keyboards construct some sonic structures that are woven with elegant complexity and spectacularly crisp 6 strings jangling, leading to the excruciatingly gorgeous "So Far Away" section, a blood brother to the tear-jerking "Soon" off Relayer. The mood becomes deeply intense, foreboding and yet scintillatingly delicious all at once. The "dadi dadi dah" chorus is beyond genius and provokes the deepest sonic luxury. The burping Antoine Fafard bass and the raging guitar on the short but devastating "Point of No Return" section is utterly enthralling, followed shortly by its polar opposite, the autumnal pastoral beauty of "The Silent Scream", a track that hits the softer spot quite eloquently, almost Hackettesque in scope with Benoit delivering another crushing vocal performance. When St-Père liberates his guitar, he scours high and mighty in expressing the profoundest emotions and one just has to shake and tremble at all the talent displayed here. The finale is the exquisite "Dancing with Butterflies", a lush, sultry and sophisticated ending to a progressive glittering prize, an epic that has few peers in recent memory.

The title track only confirms Mystery's undeniable talent in writing sublime melodies and having the wherewithal to express them both vocally and musically. Not too many bands out there that can pull this off successfully. Bombastic, Wagnerian and Gargantuan are just words but the music distills even more attributes, the performances glittering and the overall impression is one of masterful comprehension of modern prog music, albeit with a more accessible slant. Asia, Squakett, ACT, Saga, Yes, are all way behind lagging in this department, as Mystery shows the way conclusively.

"The Falling Man" introduces some more eerie arrangements that hint at a cinematographic composition, menacing and malevolent riffs combine with unusual voice effects and an overall "heavy" feel, leaning towards something recent Arena would come up with.

The pretty "Sailing on a Wing" features famed guest Darryl Stuermer on jazzy lead guitar (what a solo!) and is another cracker track, full of infectious bravado and macho pomp, with Benoit singing his heart out.

I mean, really? This is an album that has a cavalcade of hysterically brilliant melodies, perfect instrumental prowess and a surreal vocalist that is utterly convincing. I frankly hope Benoit stays with Mystery and says "Non" to Yes. Easily the finest Quebec prog album ever, having that added attribute of exciting rock fans of all ages and stripes, as long as they have open minds and adventurous spirits.

Bien joué, les boys!

5 mystères vivants

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Posted Sunday, September 23, 2012

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Through different eyes

Apparently, the history of the Canadian band Mystery goes back to the 80's. But, it seems, it is only more recently that they have achieved bigger success. This could have something to do with that their vocalist Benoît David also was the vocalist for Yes for a brief time (and recorded Fly From Here with them the year after One Among The Living was released). Or it can be the other way around; that Yes got interested in David because of Mystery's independent success? Or a combination of the two? Regardless, it was surely an amazing career-boost for both David and for Mystery. Benoît David does indeed have a voice similar to that of Yes' Jon Anderson. But even if Yes is one of the band's influences, Mystery is not a Yes-clone.

Even if I wasn't immediately impressed, One Among The Living grew on me over further listens, and I began to enjoy it more and more. The melodic content is strong and the sound is pristine. At first I thought it was too "soft" for my taste, but the song The Falling Man encouraged me to give it further chances. Aspects of this song reminded me of Black Sabbath (one of my all time favourite bands). The closer Sailing On A Wing is more Camel like (another of my all time favourite bands). Guest appearances from Oliver Wakeman, Daryl Stuermer, and John Jowitt might invite comparisons to Yes, Genesis, IQ, and Arena, and the latter two are indeed relevant references, especially IQ.

This album was my first exposure to Mystery, but I have since searched out most of the band's other albums too. The verdict is still out on the other ones as I have only listened through them a few times, but I somehow suspect that One Among The Living will remain the band's best in my eyes.

A very good album!

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Posted Friday, October 05, 2012

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. Benoit David certainly made a name for himself when he became part of YES and in turn it's given his band MYSTERY a higher profile amongst Prog fans. This is a 69 minute concept album that I find has some real highs but it also like most concept albums of this length I find a lot of average moments where I lose interest. And while Benoit is one heck of a singer I do tire of his voice before this one ends. As others have mentioned there is an AOR element to what's going on here and the vocals are a part of that.

"Among The Living" is the short intro track that i'm not that fond of. "Wolf" is one i'm really fond of though. There's an emotion to this tune that really draws me in. Great chorus too ! "Between Love And Hate" is mellow to start with laid back guitar as the reserved vocals join in. It picks up before 1 1/2 minutes. I like the guitar here. "Till The Truth Comes Out" has some violin and flute early with atmosphere then the relaxed vocals come in. An emotional tune that is done very well. It certainly turns more passionate later on. Excellent song.

"Kameleon Man" features John Jowitt on bass and Oliver Wakeman gives us a moog solo. Despite this it's one of my least favourite tracks. We then get the over 22 minutes "Through Different Eyes" suite that is divided into six parts. Love the bass on the fourth section. "One Among The Living" opens with lots of atmosphere before the vocals arrive and the sound changes. This is like a reprise of the first track "Among The Living". It's okay. "The Falling Man" is darker and heavier than anything else on here. "Sailing On A Wing" is the uplifting closer that is well done.

A good album that I think fans of Neo-Prog as well as fans of concept albums will eat up with joy. Not quite my cup of java but there's no question this is a talented band. Well done.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Produced during Benoit David's tenure as the lead singer of Yes, Mystery's One Among the Living is an album which is elevated well above the average by David's vocal performance. It's not that he does anything hyper-original or unexpected with his vocals - there's no Mike Patton- esque versatility on display or Robert Wyatt-styled explorations of the potential of the human voice as an instrument in its own right - but what he does offer is a mixture of confidence and genuine emotional conviction. Rarely have I believed that a singer in prog has believed in the words he's singing to the extent I believe when Benoit David sings, despite some occasional Yes-esque obscurity. I don't always know what he means but he always communicates what he feels - that's an achievement in itself.

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4 stars Mystery was one of those bands whose latest album appeared on Amazon's "Customers who bought (album) also bought (album)" widget. I sampled the latest album but it didn't seize me. Then I read that Benoit David of Yes notoriety was in the band. Really? I sampled "Beneath the Veil of Winter," " ... (read more)

Report this review (#847458) | Posted by FragileKings | Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I have listened to this album quite a few times now and I still really like it, even after many listens. This is their strongest album they've made so far with strong vocals from Benoit David and some great song-writing from the combination of St Pere and David. It's an excellent album with so ... (read more)

Report this review (#586197) | Posted by Richens | Saturday, December 10, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars When I first obtained this work, I knew I liked it, but for some reason it disapeared in my play list, not to be heard again for two years. I fortuitously have rediscovered it, and cannot understand how I could have lost track of this wonderful work. I have listened to it now several times in just ... (read more)

Report this review (#308700) | Posted by DrZom | Sunday, November 07, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars One of the very best! I never heard of Mystery, a Canadian band, before. I read some good reviews here on PA, and decided to buy this album... And what a discovery! Thanks to previous reviewers...you really turned me into a Mystery adept. This is exacly the kind of music I love the most. Stong, ... (read more)

Report this review (#292056) | Posted by Soul Dreamer | Monday, July 26, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Now that we are left the theatre of the mind and accomplish our Destiny to walk Beneath the veil of winter's face, we can now be One among the living. This is exactly the title of the new album from Mystery, and what an album this is! Michel St-Père and his Mystery men have deliver a polish ... (read more)

Report this review (#284998) | Posted by progforlife | Saturday, June 05, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I ve got the fortune of listening to a promo version in a friend,s house This guys now are really mature. If in the previous one they left behind the very strong Journey influences ,and less infl.of Saga or Asia...now they are a really autonomy band. Now i really can,t say they are simi ... (read more)

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