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5 stars 'Belighted' is the second long play experience from today Russia's greatest music act, iamthemorning.

Being as frail, etherial and beautiful as their debut album, '~', iamthemorning's second effort is also a huge step towards the exploration of new musical horizons. If '~' was completely a chamber album with a couple of heavy moments, 'Belighted' shows the listener a much more different genre palette, including some updates of their previously well-known chamber style (the most notable update is probably in '5/4'), but also representing a more coherent heavy side (the wall-crushing opener 'The Howler' and also, though being less a highlight, 'K.O.S.') and a bunch of new influences, including folk rock ('Gerda') and even some trip hop rhythms beneath the rich and at the same time airy sound flow ('The Simple Story').

A feast of sorrow and hope, painted by beauty.

Whilst influences from so-called post-progressive music (Steven Wilson, Anathema) are quite logical, 'Belighted' has no direct stylistic connection to any other band you might have in mind as an influence.

Unmistakably iamthemorning-ish, this album would serve equally well as a gift for band's old fans and as a good introduction into band's music for newcomers.

I could list this album's virtues for quite a long time, but instead it would be enough to say it is beautiful. And it is beautiful! So beautiful you would forget everything else, 'cause nothing else can matter when such a deep and unearthly beauty flows through your ears.

So that would be a huge crime for me to give this album less than 10 stars out of ten (or 5 out of five, according to progarchives' scale). Without any doubts, 'Belighted' would be this year's finest album. Don't miss it!

ole-the-first | 5/5 |


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