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The Quiet Earth Orchestra


Crossover Prog

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4 stars One man band

American John Ludi has worked on a number of projects using a handful of different names to differentiate the styles he adopts for each. Quiet Earth Orchestra is the grandiose title he uses for his one man progressive rock project which to date has released one official album.

Work began on this self titled album around 1999, with it finally being released in 2008. Today, the album can be download free from the QEO website, and all the tracks can be heard in the Quiet Earth Orchestra page on Progarchives.

The music here is a pleasant blend of Genesis like melodic guitar pieces ("God", "History ends here"), softer acoustic focused ambience ("Simple"), and upbeat rock numbers ("The prophet"). Ludi demonstrates throughout that he has a real gift both for composition and performance, his talents showing though on a variety of keyboards and guitars as well as in his decent vocals. Along the way, we have hints of Camel in the the title section of the lengthy "The prophet, part 1", a suite of six tracks.

Ludi's vocals remind me at times of the Manic Street Preachers, especially on "History ends here". The lyrics of the album are published on the QEO website, the underlying theme being the "flaws in human nature". "The prophet" suite is a specific tale about one who tries to do something about it. I must admit that even with Ludi's helpful commentary, it can be challenging to pin down the underlying story. There do however appear to be parallels with Home's fine album "The alchemist".

With or without fully understanding the concept though, this is a highly impressive album in musical terms. Sadly, Ludi appears to now be totally disillusioned with the music industry, and indeed with his own ability to change the world through his music. That's a pity, he does make good music.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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