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3.88 | 93 ratings | 11 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Ballad of Eddie Wanderlust (7:37)
2. Higher (9:40)
3. Weariness Rides (6:27)
4. The Prisoner (10:38)
5. Home (6:44)
6. On and On (5:35)
7. Mirror of Life (5:31)

Total Time: 52:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Katsikas / vocals, keyboards, co-producer
- Roy Strattman / electric & acoustic guitars
- Ricardo Bigai / bass, co-producer
- Diego Pocovi / drums, percussion

- Bill Ayasse / violin (7)
- Claudia Sarmiento / cuatro (5)

Releases information

Artwork: Xavier Cortés

CD Progrock Records ‎- none (2005, US)

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LITTLE ATLAS Wanderlust ratings distribution

(93 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

LITTLE ATLAS Wanderlust reviews

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Review by hdfisch
3 stars It might sound paradox, but to me this album sounds old and modern, complex and catchy at the same time. I'd say the perfect prog album, at least for my taste. Of course there'll be plenty of progsters finding too little innovation and weirdness here. Those one I would recommend to stay off this one. But for any lover of retro- or 70's prog I just can say that it's an excellent one in symphonic prog with a decent amount of heavy guitar but without ever crossing the line towards metal at any moment.

I've to put only the slight criticism that the chorus line of "Higher" reminds me very much to a song on Citizen Cain's "Raising The Stone". But since this song is really excellently done, this minor flaw is easily forgiven. An influence by that group and thus by Genesis (Gabriel) is certainly present in their music, though being not too obvious, especially not by the vocals that I find very good and unique. As well a slight influence by Gentle Giant in the multi-layered vocals of "Weariness Rides" can't be denied. Rather I would say Little Atlas combines influences from the last thirty years of progressive music to create their very own sound. I've to admit I haven't been diggin' this album right from the beginning. After the very first spin I was thinking that it's an absolutely irrelevant one and it was passing me by in some way. But after a while I put it again into my player and what shall I say, I've got a complete impression of it and the songs finally reached the responsive areas in my brain. One fellow reviewer mentioned that this is the best album he bought since "I Move" by Izz. I would even go beyond that comparison and say that it's even better than that one which could not fascinate me half as much.

All tracks on here are very good to excellent epic songs with very nice melodies that get stuck in your brain but not without the right portion of complexity to make them sound interesting. Highlights are I would say "Higher", "The Prisoner" and "Mirror Of Life" in which Bill Ayasse of Frogg Café is playing violin. Although it's a VERY GOOD album I wouldn't call it an essential one in prog from the general point of view, thus I'm giving it "only" 3 stars, but my true rating would be 3 ˝.

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars How could you imagine when Rush meets Yes, Kansas and King Crimson? Terrible isn't it? But it's not the case with LITTLE ATLAS "Wanderlust". The band has successfully blend the components of prog classic bands into a cohesive whole really makes the music of Little Atlas. For those of you who have not heard the band you might be curious on how the band sounds like. Ok, my suggestion is this: don't even bother of having your mind filled with the impression of early prog band sounds like Rush, Yes, Kansas, King Crimson etc. Just buy this CD - like what I did couple months ago - and spin the CD, enjoy the music, let it infuse into your mind (and hopefully your heart) without any preconceived mind. Then you would get the whole picture of the band's music. I'm sure the album would not disappoint you at all. This is one of the albums that I recently enjoyed. AT first I got the CD from Rizal on "loan" basis - but llater I purchased it myself and I enjoy the music very much.

The album opener "The Ballad of Eddie Wanderlust" (7:37) is truly a good album opener as the music blasts off energetically in relatively fast tempo through a combination of guitar by Roy Strattman and dynamic drumming by Diego Pocovi which accompany the clean vocal of Steve Katsikas. The vocal quality reminds me to the vocalist of Sweden-based A.C.T. It's an excellent album opener that fits my taste. Second track "Higher" (9:40) is performed mellow at first half of the track demonstrating, again, excellent guitar work. Oh yes, the guitar solo at the interlude part is really stunning and very easy to digest. It continues with keyboard solo by Steve Katsikas. Some guitar shows the Hackettian style. The music suddenly turns high right after the interlude part at approx 6th minute with great keyboard (reminds me to Rush' "Tom Sawyer" even though it's not the same). The keyboard sometimes sounds like Rick Wakeman solo with less pulsating chords / notes. This track is really great.

"Weariness Rides" (6:27) starts off in ambient style combining guitar and keyboard work. The guitar fills a bit of King Crimson (Robert Fripp) style even though not that much similar. Through this track I can sense the excellent quality of vocal by Steve Katsikas as well as the great guitar fills of Roy Strattman which sometimes sounds like Steve Howe as well. The combination of guitar and keyboard in the middle of track is really great - performed in relatively fast tempo. Track "The Prisoner" (10:38) starts with rough guitar riffs combined with dynamic drumming followed with rocking vocal. The music then flows in a smooth way with many tempo and style changes throughout its long duration. This track demonstrates obvious bass lines by Rik Bigai.

"Home" (6:44) provides a musical break with some sound effects in mellow style at the intro part followed with melodic music with distant vocal sounds augmented with soft keyboard work. It's probably the only song with ballad style from this album. "On and On" (5:35) intro part reminds me to the intro of EARTH & FIRE's "Gate Into Infinity" even though when the music enters, it changes the style. This is basically a straight forward track in medium tempo rock music. "Mirror of Life" (5:31) opens with soft piano touch which accompanies vocal in mellow style. The music flows in relatively the same style throughout the track. I enjoy the instrumental (interlude) part where guitar and keyboard demonstrate its roles.

It's an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars Wandering over the Little Atlas

This is a typical release which grows with every time you hear. You may discover many references to Symphonic and Art Rock bands like SPOCKS BEARD, KING CRIMSON, IZZ, SALEM HILL or BIG BIG TRAIN. But LITTLE ATLAS never plagiarizes. The complete album is characterized by permanent changes and never ending ideas. Arranged with a lot of care.

Absolutely interesting to hear from the first to the last minute. Nothing lacks - the vocals are excellent - guitar and keyboard are harmonizing - f.e. on Higher. The ballad of Eddie Wanderlust is a good opener. Higher and Weariness rides are my personal highlights.

Highly recommended - get it and hear it for several times - you'll not be disappointed!

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars 3.5 stars.The record opens with "The Ballad Of Eddie Wanderlust" that features some great guitar melodies and vocals. "Higher" is another good song with lots of time changes. The guitar playing in the beginning reminds me of ANEKDOTEN, but later really sounds like Gilmour. There is a keyboard solo as well.

"Weariness Rides" has an ominous intro, more cool guitar melodies.This is a dark song with some good vocal harmonies. "The Prisoner" contrasts the light and heavy passages, with more amazing keyboard playing. "Home" features more splendid guitar solos and riffs. The final song "Mirror Of Life" opens with piano and gentle vocals, guitars and drums follow, including some good riffs and a violin solo as well.

This is a fun record with animated vocals, a good album.

Review by progrules
4 stars I can still remember the time I checked out lots of neobands at the same time listening to PA's streamtracks just to find out what were the better bands of those I didn't know yet. And this very band Little Atlas came out as one of the very best. And that's pretty surprising since I'm an "old school" neofan so with lots of guitar- and keyboardsolo's (like Pendragon and Clepsydra for instance) and I can tell you Little Atlas is nothing like that at all. It's even a boarderline neo case leaning towards eclectic prog. This was very notable on their successor Hollow, my first experience with this American band. Let's say Little Atlas is 70% neo and 30% eclectic prog, so slightly less accessible than most neoprog and a bit more profound.

I even feel Little Atlas has resemblance to Echolyn, another band that's leaning towards the eclectic prog subgenre. But on the other hand LA also has obvious neo characteristics like highly melodic instrumental contributions even though they are not really extended. In the end I like this style pretty much but I also believe this predecessor of Hollow is really the better album of the two and probably Wanderlust is the best of all four releases looking at the ratings. All songs on here are great and several even excellent.

So where I had almost a headache making up the rating for Hollow and decided for the three stars ultimately, this time the choice for the rating is not hard at all. This is a full blooded 4 star case and highly recommended for almost all progfans. Mainly the fans of Echolyn could have another fine discovery with Wanderlust (or Little Atlas in general).

Review by Warthur
3 stars On Wanderlust Little Atlas offer the listener a textbook run-through of the neo-prog playbook without much in the way of surprises. It's a fun enough album if you are passionately devoted to this style, though at the same time I can't put my finger on anything which would really make me compelled to listen to Little Atlas as opposed to any other band ploughing this particular well-ploughed furrow. On the whole, I think if you are really passionately devoted to this style of album and want as many examples of the same thing as possible, you should go for it, but otherwise there's better examples of precisely this sort of thing to be had.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Without a trace of doubt, the Nort-American band LITLLE ATLAS is one of the bands from the late 90's, which better get a balanced fusion to Classic and Neo school of progressive music. Showing a cleary influence by the monsters of prog of the 70's like YES, GENESIS, RUSH, etc... in addition t ... (read more)

Report this review (#284197) | Posted by maryes | Sunday, May 30, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Here I like to pay tribute to this band, that composes and brilliantly execute music I like more: intricate and delicate, long songs with melodic passages, in between more varied tempos and rythms, not too easy to get (so that you never get bored to listen the next time), not too abstruse (so that ... (read more)

Report this review (#185459) | Posted by ingmin68 | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Finally had the chance to listen to "Wanderlust", the newest album by Little Atlas. Haven't heard their previous efforts, so it was at the same time my introduction to the band. There is one word that immediately comes to mind: geniality! When an artist or a band can combine high-quality technica ... (read more)

Report this review (#42724) | Posted by BillBoh1971 | Saturday, August 13, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Progarchives asks you to confirm a 5-star rating, and there's little hesitation here: Little Atlas is the best new prog band I've heard in years. If I recall, I've heard some comparisons to Spock's Beard, which are unfounded because Little Atlas is better (with this album being on par with Spo ... (read more)

Report this review (#34712) | Posted by | Monday, May 30, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I picked up this CD at ROSfest last week and finally got around to playing it. Holy smokes. I think we have a nominee for album of the year. Complex yet accessible, these guys know how to write compelling melodies AND take out-there instrumental excursions. The guitar work makes me wonder ... (read more)

Report this review (#34711) | Posted by | Sunday, May 8, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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