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Art Cinema


Crossover Prog

3.64 | 18 ratings

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3 stars Art Cinema is a project band featuring a couple of Denmarks most prolific musicians in Robin Taylor ( Taylor's Universe, Taylor's Free Universe and solo) and Michael Denner ( Mercyful Fate, Zoser Mez, King Diamond, Force of Evil). Art Cinema came into being while Michael Denner participated in the recording of Soundwall (2008) by Taylor´s Universe. Michael and Robin started working on some tunes written by Michael´s friend Jesper Harrits and decided that a female voice would suit the compositions best. They brought in Jytte Lindberg to do the lead vocals while Louise Nipper does the backing vocals on the album. The lineup also features a saxophonist a second guitarist, a bassist and most notably Mercyful Fate drummer Bjarne T. Holm.

The music is sophisticated and light jazzy pop/ rock. The overall mood is very dark and Jytte Lindberg´s jazzy vocals really fit the music perfectly. The saxophone parts sometimes remind me of Van Der Graaf Generator. With the presence of two members ( one is an ex-member though) of Mercyful Fate I expected something a bit heavier but this album is not a heavy metal album and the only times when I think of Mercyful Fate is during the few solos Michael Denner plays in the albums very short ( 34:31 minutes) playing time. Most notably in album opener White Frozen and the powerful What Am I Doing Here? I just love his melodic solo style. There´s lots of piano in the songs too played by Robin Taylor.

The musicianship on the Art Cinema album is excellent. Great performances all around. Jytte Lindberg has a different voice from what you´d expect from a female lead singer in a progressive rock band ( Read: Renaissance, Curved Air) as she sings in a lower register and with a jazzy flavour.

The production which is crafted by Robin Taylor is very good. Warm and clean.

The text: This album was produced and released without any kind of financial support! is written of the sleeve of the very sparse booklet and unfortunately tells a lot about the Danish music culture. If there weren´t adventerous and skilled musicians like Robin Taylor and Michael Denner to push this kind of music forward, nothing experiemental would come out of Denmark. Art Cinema is a very enjoyable and dark album. Not quite my taste but professional and emotional all the way. A big 3 star rating is warranted.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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