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Nine Skies



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Prog Dog
4 stars If you are at all like me, you will feel a special anticipation from the first moments that The Lightmaker unfolds before your ears. You are taken by the hand and guided through a majestic journey of a lifetime as nine different voices share their experience and lessons with you, though they are actually the same person: Rudy, who has lived 1000 different lives, and is now on his 1001st and last. What has he learned? What will he share?

The kinds of profound emotions and musical scenery is, as you can imagine- vast, varied and heartfelt. The several different lead singers and indeed each member of the band have reached deep into their souls as this album marks an important turning point for Nine Skies. It's the first album created since the untimely departure of Eric Bouillette. He was a pillar in the band- doing songwriting and performing guitars, piano, keyboards and violin, but the remaining members are bravely forging ahead. If he is able to hear the results in the hereafter where he may reside, I'm convinced he is delighted with the results.

As a big Yes and Steve Hackett fan, plus Opeth, I felt right at home with this album. The Alan Parsons Project-style of featuring different vocalists was a brilliant move and contributes to the album's profound narrative. There's plenty of excellent musicianship here as well. Bass guitar-wise there's some lovely fretless work as well as a 3 string chord/fingerstyle bass solos like on The Wanderer. Guitar-wise there is are plenty of acoustic steel-sting passages featuring soothing and beautiful chord parterns and progressions, as well as tons of tasteful electric guitar sections and some great, and occasionally epic solos. The keyboards and synths feature prominently as well, layered throughout including a remarkable and iconic solo in Chaotic. The drums also fit so well into all of the songs- as everything does, in this gorgeous and well-mixed album.

It is at once epic and modest, and I predict this album will find its way into the hearts of many fans of the progressive rock genre. It's a new high water mark for prog in 2023.

Prog Dog | 4/5 |


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