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ORPHAN PROJECT

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The band's beginnings stretch back to November of 2001 when singer/lyricist Shane Lankford approached John Wenger (guitars, keyboards and music) with an idea to write a concept album about physical and spiritual adoption. After a few months of waiting, John said yes and the process began to create a soundscape that could handle the lyrical depth of what Shane wanted to, and in a lot of ways, needed to get out.

Musically the major influences are Kansas, Spock`s Beard, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Dream Theater, Whiteheart and quality music in general.

Shane asked good friends, guitarist Chris Maggitti, drummer Nathan Grant, violinist Cindy King, and bassist Jason Chaillou to play in the studio on the CD and John gathered bassist Colin McGough, celloist Ben Hardesty. Together with the incredible leadership of John Grant and Tony Correlli they recorded "Orphan Found" during April-June '03.

A child of adoptive parents, Shane found his way into his first family in July of 1971. Growing up in a family as an adoptee left Shane with the burning question "In whom do I find my identity?"

Spurred on by his love of music, Shane explored these questions while performing with several bands including About A Day. With his characteristic exuberance and "everyman" qualities, Shane contributed thought provoking, deep lyrics that were accessible to all audiences.

In this project, Shane explores the topic of adoption from his very personal experience. Elements of longing for acceptance, desire to establish an identity, coupled with a real sense of peace that comes only from above, pervade the new lyrical verse entitled "Orphan Found". The depth of feeling and the joy of this story carry you from beginning to end of this amazing piece. He aims to make you laugh, break your heart, and let you take a glimpse of the pure joy that he has found in his search for his true Father.

As soon as the deal with Now And Then was inked, Orphan Project set about extensively re-recording and completely remixing the album, with the results taking it to an even higher level than was already apparent.

Media reaction has been universally positive, with Nick Shilton of Classic Rock magazine describing it as "Probably the most exciting debut album from a US band since Spock`s Beard`s "The Light" back in 1995. Yes, it`s that good. Imagine a mix of prime Kansas, latter day Asia and Dream Theater at their most commercial."

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3.87 | 26 ratings
Orphan Found
2004
3.78 | 23 ratings
Spooning Out The Sea
2009

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3.00 | 4 ratings
Orphan Project II
2008

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 Spooning Out The Sea by ORPHAN PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.78 | 23 ratings

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Spooning Out The Sea
Orphan Project Crossover Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 stars really

Their second album released in 2009 with a strange and intresting name in same time Spooning out the sea is another worthy album for me. Definetly in same league with their first, no big imprevements here, the sound and all are the same, that means a good thing for me and an enjoyble trip for sure from start to finish. Well, musicaly speaking is more then ok, no really groundbreaking moments that's for sure but this effectiv combination between Dream Thater in their most friendly sound and attitude with pompous art rock a la Asia and Journey and with more complex passages remind me of Yes, Kansas or Spock's Beard works here very well. Heavy riffs combined with melodic lines makes from this second Orphan Project album a winner. Very good are the vocal arrangements, Shane Lankford isa very good vocalist and because of that he is also appear on lates two albums of Visual Cliff. As I said they are similar with ACT or Profusion. Good towards great in places. 3 rounded to 3.5 because I think this is their best album. Forte pieces One Dark Moment(Providence) and the title track with a great ending instrumental passages, the rest are ok too.

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3.00 | 4 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars After a silence of almost 4 years Orphan Project comes with a short EP selftitled II from 2008. Well nothing really very much to say about it, the mood and atmosphere is like on their debute on 3 pieces, because the forth is a Pink Floyd cover - Another brick in the wall pt 2. That 3 pieces Angel desire, My goodness and Empty me will appear a year later on their second album named Spooning the sea. The cover version is well puted here in context has a more rockier and energic feel then the original, sounds pretty good. So, a good EP , nothing special but musicaly ok. 3 stars.

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 Orphan Found  by ORPHAN PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.87 | 26 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really

Orphan Project is an american band formed around 2001 by Shane Lankford. First album released in 2004 named Orphan found is Shane Lankford first atemp to write and compose music with autobiographic content because he was an orphan himself trying to search his identity and his origins and this album is a personal one for him. The music offered and hudge influence for the band as the linear notes said is Dream Theater meeting Yes, Asia, Kansas and Journey, the result is pretty much ok. To me Orphan Project sounds like ACT from Sweden, that combination of metal arrangements but not being at all a prog metal band with pompous guitar parts a la Journey and Asia and with complexity of Kansas glory days and Yes. Very nice are the vocal parts of Shane Lankford . The instrumental passages are more then ok leaving impression that in some parts because of the violin add sounds like Knasas, but in the end they had their own sound right from the beggining. So, all in all good, al pieces stands as ok, no bad moments here.

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 Spooning Out The Sea by ORPHAN PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.78 | 23 ratings

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Review by BobVanguard

5 stars Orphan Project offers a crisp sounding American prog sound (in the vein of Kansas and Spock's Beard) with deep lyrics of hope and reliance upon the grace of God. Lyricist and singer Shane Lankford has a lot to say: on OP's first album he shared how his being an adopted orphan also led to his discovery and embrace of being adopted into God's family. On this, OP's second album, he further explores spiritual issues with great, engaging progressive music.

Orphan Project is a very pleasant surprise for the Christian who also loves progressive rock. Their second full-length album continues the excellence of their debut outing ? heavy prog rock with great hooks and accessible choruses.

This reminds me of early Spock's Beard and Kansas.

One review labels them "Peter Gabriel going heavy."

Many of the songs are disguised worship songs, in that they don't seem like that at first listen (after all, they are hard progressive rock songs). Only when you listen intently to the lyrics do you realize what's really going on.

For instance, from Angels Desire:

"You bring me shelter / You refine / All that I am / Unchain and free / This burdened soul / I'll fly where angels desire"

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3.00 | 4 ratings

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Review by progpositivity
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3 stars Orphan Project has no shortage of high quality art-rock material of their own to perform. Even so, one highlight of their shows has historically been their sizzling cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in The Wall pt. 2". Their take on the song is crisp, energetic and enthusiastic, very much worth checking out (if you liked the original of course).

The remaining three tracks are included on Orphan Project's 2009 album "Spooning out the Sea". My advice is to skip this EP and simply search online to find a download of the single Floyd song for 99 cents.

As an EP to "tide over" Orphan Project fans in 2008, this was very good. Like an appetizer or a salty snack, it left me unsatisfied, wanting more (much more)! This is not an entirely bad thing, however, considering the alternative. At least I wasn't wondering when it would ever end, wanting less (much less)!

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3.78 | 23 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. My last review for 2009 and i've struggled with the rating for this one. I very much liked their debut "Orphan Found" both the concept and the music, in fact the "Classic Rock Society" claimed it was the best debut by a U.S. band since SPOCK'S BEARD's "The Light". Here we are 5 years later and they've increased the heaviness quite a bit. What we get is song after song of heavy, melodic and very catchy music, almost like listening to hit after hit. I kept thinking of NICKELBACK because like that band this album stays with a formula that is heavy but radio friendly hard rock if you will. And that's the only negative for me but it's a big one.

The piano and drums stand out in the intro of "Reach". It kicks in before 1 1/2 minutes and the vocals follow. I like the guitar here. Piano ends it. "Angels Desire" is heavier as the vocals come in quickly. The vocals are deep and the guitar is prominant especially after 3 minutes. "Fallen" is catchy with the guitar out front until it settles with piano. Reserved vocals join in. It gets fuller as contrasts continue. "One Dark Moment (Providence)" is heavy with some organ this time. Very catchy too.

"My Goodness" opens with piano as reserved vocals join in. It's fuller before 2 minutes. Strings to end it. I like the lyrics on this one. "Head On Your Platter" kicks in heavily quickly. Lots of bottom end. I like the mood here. Strings before 4 minutes then it's heavy to end it. "Empty Me" features prominant piano,guitar and vocals. It settles before 3 1/2 minutes briefly then kicks back in. "The Battle Rages On" is heavy and uptempo. We get a childrens choir singing "Onward Christian Soldiers" at one point. Lots of piano when it kicks back in. "Spooning Out The Sea" is really the only laid back tune although it does get fuller. Nice guitar after 3 minutes.

Also missing for me on this one is that emotional element that I felt on the debut. Good album though.

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 Orphan Found  by ORPHAN PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.87 | 26 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. Shane Lankford is the inspiration behind the ORPHAN PROJECT. Shane was an orphan himself and was fortunate enough to be adopted into a loving home.Yet he still questioned his identity, that is until he found God. The first person he thanks in the liner notes is "His father, who art in heaven". This album is really a look at Shane's life from birth to eternity. I have to say that this album is inspiring, moving, melodic, heavy and very well done. His vocals remind me of Marco from SYLVAN. Oh I wanted to mention as well that another band i'm a fan of VISUAL CLIFF, which originally was an instrumental Jazz / Fusion band has enlisted Shane on vocals for their last two albums.

"Coming Into View I : Discovering New Surroundings" is a top three tune that opens with sounds that build into a melody. Nice guitar when it comes in and turns heavy. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes as it settles. It kicks back in as contrasts continue. Aggressive guitar before 5 minutes then it settles with piano then kicks back in with vocals. More great guitar to end it. "Chosen" pictures Shane at the orphanage seeing his friends being chosen and hoping that one day his turn will come. It opens with the sound of a music box and door being opened before acoustic and electric guitars and drums come in. Vocals follow. Some violin and organ in this one as well. It ends as it began with the music box. "Full But Lonely" kicks in quickly and hard. Vocals before a minute. A good heavy tune. "Leaving My Seat At The Table" is another top three for me. Piano and strings to start before drums and guitar join in. A nice heavy sound before a minute as he cries out "Mother !... Father !...". Violins after 4 1/2 minutes. "Trickle Down" opens with synths. Vocals a minute in. It kicks in as contrasts continue between the mellow and powerful. "Coming Into View II : Encircling Arms Of The Father" features some outstanding guitar and synths early. Vocals after a minute. Great sound on the chorus. The guitar lights it up before 4 minutes.

"See What He Sees" is the other top three tune. Piano to open as strings join in then reserved vocals. All I can say is "gulp". So beautiful and moving. These lyrics are inspired. "Orphan Found" is heavy duty then the vocals come in as it settles. Great sound when it kicks back in. Contrasts continue. Strings in this one too. Ripping guitar 4 minutes in. "Parts As One" has this bright and happy intro. Vocals and a fuller sound follow. This is incredible ! "Paupers Unfulfilled" continues with the piano,strings and vocals and contrasts. Great tune. "Coming Into View III : Gazing Down On Golden Streets" opens with the sound of synths and waves both washing in. Reserved vocals before a minute. Check out the lyrics here. This has to be a top three track too. Words about seeing God for the first time, hearing him for the first time, touching him for the first time. I like to dream about that too. "Outro : Wondrous Love" ends as it should with no words, just vocal melodies from a choir and piano. No words as it ends with the sound of those waves washing in.

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3.78 | 23 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Spooning out the Sea is the peculiar title of the sophomore effort by Orphan Project, a US based Christian progressive rock outfit.

For those intimidated by the thought of music with Christian lyrical contents, in this case they aren't too bad. You will encounter a few instances of God and Jesus in here, but you won't find any instances of "Repent you sinners" or messages of a similar nature. These guys take pride in their faith though, but in a more subtle manner than most artists flying the religious flag.

Musically we're treated to an album residing somewhere in between progressive hard rock and progressive metal. Heavy guitar riffs dominate manners, but often played in a too slow fashion and somewhat too subdued to truly be called metal, yet slightly heavier and more intense than what's usually described as hard rock.

Synths, piano and organ adds details, and a few nukbrs with an electronic-sounding guitar further variety. Strong and distinct moods throughout, and generally good songs. Personally I find My Goodness to be the best of the bunch, a brilliant number on an otherwise solid release. And a venture well worth seeking out by hard rock and metal fans alike, as long as sophisticated music of a progressive variety is of interest and the lyrical contents isn't regarded as problematic.

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Review by Ovidiu

5 stars SPOONING OUT THE SEA is the type of album that any good music lover will make audition after audition and will discover new amazing and attractive things about it each time!It's rare in today's music to have the feeling that you are listening some music made not to prove some technical abbilities or any sparkin demonstration,but music that comes from the soul and it's passionated and full of emotions!This is the feeling thet you have after listening SPOONING OUT THE SEA!From REACH until the last song of the album ,the so superbe title track,not any minute or even second of musical boredom ...au contraire,how the French are saying...you have the sensation of a very well done music made,and Shane's voice,especially is so personal and unique and offers to the listener the feeling that this man.this band has a story to tell indeed... that ORPHAN PROJECT delivers some intelligent and pure musical message to the world!Technically speaking the music is excellent too and the musicians in the band are very skilled and masters on their instruments!!!The sound is so beautiful and the artwork is simply superbe!The lyrics are so wonderful and intense and EMPTY ME seems to be a true masterpiece indeed,one of the most beautiful songs ever composed...intense,profound,even painful in it's message.Music is such a noble art and ORPHAN PROJECT brings his contribution to enrich a musical genre thet still has many things to say when it's made with burning passion for a true art! ORPHAN PROJECT has a huge potential and I am sure that many albums will delight us in the future!Pay attention to an amazing band with a wonderful message to tell ,a surprisingly strong message,attitude and possibilities and you won't be dissapointed at all. SENSATIONAL ALBUM!!! 5 STARS WELL DESERVED!

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 Orphan Found  by ORPHAN PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.87 | 26 ratings

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars This is a very personal album from Shane. He was an orphan himself and the story of a child searching the truth about his origin is fully autobiographic. This album is full of melancholy during "Chosen". But believe me, this is an extremely vigourous album.

If you exclude the vocals, a song as "Coming Into View" is rather Crimsonesque (what an influent band !). Dark, complex, superb guitar riffs definitely influenced by Fripp. Very heavy. All mighty. An extremely violent song. But most of the album will be very powerful. Closer to prog-metal than anything else. Of course, some violins will add a special Kansas mood here and there, but really for short breaks only. Actually, "See What He Does" will even adopt the acoustic mood of Kansas. A bit mellow but an exceptional violin duo will give it another dimension.

Arena is not very far away when you listen to the power of the title track. At this time of the record, one has to agree that their vocalist / leader has a beautiful voice : melodic, catchy, profound and emotional (the theme of this album must definitely encourage him to be so poignant). "Ophan Found" is another great track (but so far, nothing weak can be found).

Another quiet moment follows. "Parts as One" will bring some welcome tranquility and melancholy again. It would have been hard to go on with such a tempo. For the first itme, two slow songs will appear side by side. Of course, during the chorus for "Paupers Unfulfilled" the volume will raise quite substantially but the general sensation is a good rock ballad.

The third piece suite "Coming Into View" is spread over the entire album. Total lenght : over eighteen minutes. Wild and almost neo-prog flavours during the first movement; it is a great opening number. It sets the pace for most of the album. This is not a quiet album for sure. The second movement "Encircling Arms Of The Father" has some "Watcher Of The Skies" feeling during the intro. But how many times have it already been the case ? It is probably the poppiest and catchiest song of the whole. Very nice melody. It is not the best song according my taste, but very pleasant. It breaks a bit the overall style and it features some great guitar work as well.

Third movement, "Gazing Down The Golden Street" is the slowest part. At times, you'll get the impression to listen to Mark II Marillion. It is the weakest song of the album (would you believe ?).

The very short closing number features some great choir and this is a wonderful goodbye.

This is a very good album that would deserve more recognition and exposure. Almost no reviews on this site. I really invite you to give it a try and to share your comments about this work. Please, do me this favour.

Four stars.

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