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3.67 | 38 ratings | 3 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Love Among the Ruins (6:24)
2. King of the Sunset (6:37)
3. Your Heart Will Find the Way (5:20)
4. Holding the Heavens (7:54)
5. Beachcombers (3:31)
6. Warm Summer Sun (4:34)
7. Today (6:59)
8. Hymn to Darkness (2:59)
9. She'll Be Riding Horses (4:35)
10. Late Summer (2:24)
11. Remembrance (11:44)
12. Epilogue (0:36)

Total Time 63:37

Bonus DVD:
1. Roger Dean live painting sessions
2. Love Among the Ruins *
3. Your Heart Will Find the Way *
4. Today *

* promotional lyric videos

Line-up / Musicians

- Geoffrey Downes / keyboards, piano, programming, Vocoder
- Chris Braide / vocals, keyboards, piano, programming, guitar

- Ash Soen / drums
- Andy Hodge / bass
- Dave Bainbridge / guitars
- David Longdon / vocals (2,4)
- Marc Almond / vocals (6)
- Barney Ashton Bullock / narration

Releases information

Cover: Roger Dean
Label: DBA Records
Format: Vinyl (Ltd White Vinyl), CD/DVD, Digital
February 5, 2021 (Digital), February 12, 2021 (CD/DVD), April 2, 2021 (Vinyl)

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GEOFFREY DOWNES DBA IV: Halcyon Hymns ratings distribution

(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
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Collectors/fans only (3%)
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Review by kev rowland
4 stars As can be surmised from the title, here we have the fourth album from DBA (the last few albums have been using this instead of the longer Downes Braide Association), the band put together by keyboard player Geoff Downes (Buggles, Asia, Yes) and singer-songwriter-pianist Chris Braide (Sia, Lana Del Rey, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Paloma Faith, Britney Spears and Marc Almond). It is interesting to note that the last of these provides lead vocals on one song, with David Longdon singing on two, with the band being completed by Ash Soen (drums), Andy Hodge (bass) and Dave Bainbridge (guitars). I have been a fan of Dave for some 30 years, and here he has been allowed to not only provide some wonderful acoustic moments but also far heavier driving guitar than I have come across from him previously.

There is no doubt that Downes is a wonderful keyboard player who has had major impact on the music scene over the years, but he has also been involved with some releases that are best described as sub-par. However, there is something about his relationship with Braide which means their albums together have been consistently melodic and thoroughly enjoyable. While there is nothing incredibly dramatic about them, and they are solid middle of the road prog, they are still always a delight and that is very much the case here. The vocals are wonderful, and even though this is a group put together by two keyboard players they are never too over the top in their performances and this really does feel like a band as opposed to a project. The use of poet Barney Ashton Bullock to provide some narration is also a nice touch, adding some additional gravitas which assists in removing some of the sweetness.

The overall result is a release which any proghead will sit and enjoy on first hearing, and it just gets better with time.

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3 stars 'Six Degrees of Separation' is the concept that on average, all people are six or fewer social connections away from each other. This album is a perfect demonstration of that fact, providing a direct link between the co-writers of one of the greatest prog tracks of all time, Jon Anderson & Steve ... (read more)

Report this review (#2532670) | Posted by bartymj | Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Wow! This is the most Yes-sounding album of all Downes Bride Association, surely the involvement of Mr Downes in the recording of the new album has something to do with it!. Now, Halcyon dreams is very uplifting, with more space for instrumental breaks than in their previous efforts and very progres ... (read more)

Report this review (#2502523) | Posted by Soul2Create | Friday, February 5, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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