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3.60 | 13 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mosaic (4:30)
2. Is This It? (5:51)
3. Somebody Like You (3:57)
4. The Geese (4:00)
5. Measure of Things (5:39)
6. Dystopia (6:46)
7. It's Never Quiet (4:51)
8. MXI (1:59)
9. Two Faces (7:40)

Total Time 45:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Maartje Meessen / vocals, piano, flute
- Ingo Dassen / guitar, synth, drum programming
- Bob Van Heumen / drums, percussion
- Eleen Bartholomeus / guitar, vocals, synth
- Ruben Heijnsbroek / bass

Releases information

Label: GlassVille Records ‎(GVR192755)
Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
May 1st, 2020

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LESOIR Mosaic ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
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Review by Rivertree
4 stars It's the first time I effectively became aware of this band from Maastricht, although they have recorded their fifth album in the meanwhile. On this occasion lead by the Muse crew related producers John Cornfield and Paul Reeve the fivesome delivers a great new song collection here, by all means. Clappies! And this especially due to formidable arrangements concerning the vocals, which are provided by Maartje Meessen (lead) und EleŽn Bartholomeus. Atmosphere paired with dynamics. Catchy pop, or let's say mainstream oriented melodies are given on one hand, though embedded within rather multi-layered prog compositions, which also feature a proper heavy vibe here and there. Just take It's Never Quiet, sound and context fitting as no other. Yeah, I'm convinced.

The title track opens this affair with nice acoustic guitar. Is This It? ... yes, it is ... my favourite excerpt so far. Really exciting how they are blending enchanting and heavy violent moods with each other over and over. Some spacey floydy guitars and male spoken word contributions on Dystopia are serving other impressions. And then lush symphonic appearance regarding The Geese by way of example. Measure Of Things comes overly melancholic including lovely vocals. No glimpse of weakness ... hence this is a recommended album if you're keen on melodic progressive rock. I would say 'Mosaic' is a sophisticated piece of work, makes a lot of fun to listen. Superb effort!

Review by kev rowland
3 stars Lesoir gained a lot of attention when they toured supporting Riverside in 2019, and they are now back with their fifth album in ten years. This is a very modern sounding album, due undoubtedly to being able to bring in John Cornfield (Muse, Supergrass, Ben Howard and Robert Plant) and Paul Reeve (vocal producer of Matt Bellamy) as they production team. The quintet have two singers in Maartje Meessen (vocals, piano, flute) and Eleen Bartholomeus (guitar, vocals, synth) which allows for great harmonies and interplay between the two, with the rest of the band being Ingo Dassen (guitar, synth, drum programming), Bob Van Heumen (drums, percussion) and Ruben Heijnsbroek (bass).

Musically this has a very commercial feeling to it, with loads of hooks, and whether it was intentional or not there are definitely some Muse-style moments within it, although never the real wall of sound. They move between crossover prog and neo-prog, melodic rock and even pop, and the result is something which is always moving and interesting to listen to without ever getting deep and meaningful. In some ways it is quite lightweight, but there are also some elements which are really interesting. "Is This It" actually has pop rock hit written all over it, with a hook which demands the listener to sing along to. Pleasant and fun without ever becoming essential.

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