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3.89 | 65 ratings | 2 reviews | 35% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2022

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Reset to Preset (6:25)
2. Won't Rest Until the Heat of the Earth Burns the Soles of Our Feet Down to the Bone (3:42)
3. Emotionalised (4:36)
4. Paint the Sky (7:55)
5. Witness to the World (4:44)
6. Lost in Conversation (4:37)
7. Standing at the Gates of Hell (5:05)
8. The Chosen Ones (7:20)
9. Sweet Asylum (1:40)
10. We Are Strong (7:40)
11. All of the Lights (1:52)
12. Paint the Sky (instrumental) (7:55)

Total Time 63:31

Line-up / Musicians

- Damian Wilson / vocals
- Vivien Lalu / keyboards
- Joop Wolters / guitars, bass
- Jelly Cardarelli / drums

- Jens Johansson / keyboards (2,4,6)
- Steve Walsh / keyboards (4)
- Tony Franklin / bass (4,12)
- Alessandro Del Vecchio / keyboards (4)
- Gary Wehrkamp / guitar (4)
- Marco Sfogli / guitar (5)
- Jordan Rudess / keyboards (8)
- Simone Mularoni / guitar (8)
- Vikram Shankar / keyboards (11)
- Alex Argento / keyboards (12)
- Simon Phillips / drums (12)

Releases information

Release date: January 21, 2022
Label: Frontiers Music
Format: CD, Digital

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LALU Paint the Sky ratings distribution

(65 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by Rivertree
5 stars Highly desired, probably not really expected anymore though. But good things need to mature, that's approved. LALU is the brainchild of French keyboarder and composer Vivien Lalu. Now it's quite obvious, with an interval of roundabout eight years he's releasing new albums under this moniker. Since having received rather glowing reviews already for the predecessor albums, this is the third effort in a row. No doubts, he has brought a noteworthy ensemble of musicians together to implement his intentions. Eventually the result is a collection of eleven varied songs, having its roots more in heavy progressive art rock than genuine prog metal, just trying to properly sum it up. And now something special at first, we have two recorded versions of the album title track on this occasion. While both are having exactly the same running length, okay, up to the second, one might expect a vocal based one, yet the other being instrumental. Simply by cutting out the singer (yeah, it's Damian Wilson!) concerning the mix.

But no, that's not the case. Different line up, different flow, I'll keep it up to you to determine the particular variations and the preferred item. The staff's core is completed by Joop Wolters (guitar, bass) and drummer Jelly Caldarelli, who is also involved as the co-producer. The brilliant Damian Wilson shines with a multi-varianted performance, partially close to Jon Anderson, like on the opener Reset To Preset. And then furthermore there is a really huge guest list, which leaves nothing to be desired. No reason to recite them all, please have a look at the production credits. Lalu is pulling the strings in a rather modest manner. For example his keyboards are taking a comfortable backseat in comparisn to the omnipresent electric guitars. That said he's providing the artistical frame, and the majority of the stirring compositions. Allowing as much liberty as possible hereby, in consideration of the prolificness the involved musicans are able to deliver.

Well, they are painting the sky in a very colourful manner, means one hour playing time of sheer beauty. At this time I'm really flabbergasted by the dedicated radio friendly prog chart stormer like Emotionalised and Lost In Conversation. This is coming closer to the likes of Lifesigns, Toto or Saga, simply perfect compositions featuring proper sing-along character. Not yet, but this sometime may go over to the heavier and more complex songs like both the album title tracks, that are rather corresponding to, let's say, Riz Story's Anyone or For All We Know. And then Standing At The Gates Of Hell for example even delivers an excursion into jazzy territories. What a great album! Technically flawless, and emotionally absolutely touching. When considering the sheer amount of new prog releases constantly coming in, anyhow, I'm sure this will accompany and inspire me for a long time to come. Finally I'd like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Vivien Lalu for making such a beautiful gem real.

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1 stars The playing is great. These are great instrumentalists. But an album should be more than good playing. Especially a prog album. With these high ratings, I expected a lot. but this is a boring album. Reset to preset - Very safe version of progressive metal as Lalu is labelled here. It doesn't in ... (read more)

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