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5 stars This album contains one song. It is amazing.

"Mei" The only track on the album begins with strings, flute, and piano- beautiful. The initial vocal melodies are amazing, as are the evocative but peaceful lyrics; in fact, the first several minutes contain one of my favorite melodies of all times and some exceptional lyrics: "Outside it is blue and green, and everything once blurred is clear; I am part of the peripheral scene that shines like cathedral glass." But the lyrics reflect a range of emotions, from angst to peace. There is no lack of variety in the instrumentation, so that fails to grow stale too. Each transition is without flaw, and each build is masterful. I love the differences the two main vocalists share throughout the piece: One is cleaner and gentle, whilst the other is closer to a modern rock singer. While the band could have certainly filled fifty minutes with lengthy solos or noisy atmospheric passages, they took the high road and crafted something that flows as it blends an uncanny array of textures. That is not to say that there is a scarcity of points to highlight the individual musicians, but even when those occur, the rest of the music interlocks like a complex but glorious jigsaw.

Epignosis | 5/5 |


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