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3.70 | 58 ratings

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3 stars This band is getting better now. Some improvements were already noticeable on their third album "Beyond These Shores" and this one is of the same level.

One thing is for sure : Gary Latimer must have listened to this album when he was writing "Harbour of Tears". Both opening tracks are so similar (but written before) to "Irish Air". Same mood and almost same title ("Irish Day" for the second one.)

When you listen to "Wisdom" the inspiration of a band like "Mostly Autumn" makes no doubt. Great vocal performance by Joanne Hogg as well. Here and there some blunder like "Everything Changes" as well as "No Heart Beats" but nothing too damaging.

"Mostly Autumn" will also make the habit writing some average first part and close with a great guitar solo. This is the case for "Inside My Heart". But at this time of the album, I must reckon that the spacey and ambient mood is rather monotonous.

Most songs from here onwards sound a bit of the same and even if the longest track "Encircling" is pleasant to listen to separately, it just falls into the same trap and only confirms the (too) tranquil music played here.

Some true folk songs, but again on the very soft side with "Journey Into The Morn" and "Lindisfarne". This album is again ultra long (almost eighty minutes). It would have been beneficial to cut it down by twenty minutes to make it more attractive. But this is a habit of "Iona".

Some good and atmospheric instrumental parts as "The Search" or the folkier "Heaven's Bright Sun" are beautiful of course. So, I recommend to listen to this album bits per bits (and skipping the two songs I have mentioned above). Otherwise some boredom feeling might invade you.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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