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Lana Lane


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4 stars Lady Lane

Lady MacBeth is my personal Lana Lane favorite. It is a weakly conceptual album based on the Shakespearian theme. The whole album flows perfectly from start to finish, keeping the listener spellbound with one great melody after another, varying the moods, styles, and tempos, to great effect, without ever loosing track of the album's firm direction. It is a very consistent album with one of the band's strongest set of songs. The superb opening song The Dream That Never Ends reminds slightly of a Metal version of Renaissance. While this opening song is perhaps the absolute highlight of the album, the rest of the songs form an organic whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Lana's vocals are as strong as ever, and Erik Norlander shines of his plethora of vintage and modern keyboards. The sonic quality of the album is as high as can be and it is graced with a magnificent sleeve picture.

Compared to other albums by the band, this one is perhaps a bit darker, and partly more solemn. There is a slightly folky nature to some songs, somehow making me think of Strawbs' masterpiece Hero & Heroine (my association is perhaps reinforced by the fact that there is a song here entitled Shine On Golden Sun as the mentioned Strawbs album has a song called Shine On Silver Sun). Like on previous albums by the band, there is a great mixture here of progressive, Dio-era Rainbow-like Heavy Metal (Summon The Devil, Keeper Of The Flame) and lovely Symphonic ballads. The album ends on a high note with the lovely Dunsinane Walls.

A perfect album!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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