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5 stars 'From the House of Arts', the debut live album by Russian chamber prog act iamthemorning, showcases this beautiful band in its prime. Although the release seems to be quite consise (just nine tracks lasting for slightly over 40 minutes with no famous intermissions between songs), don't be misguided by its compressedness as it's no way a small memorabilia. Vice versa, it's one of those few live albums I might call truly essential.

Recorded during a full-band show in Moscow, 'From the House of Arts' gives us a precious look on how iamthemorning sound being a full-blown rock band, and this album rocks. In a special way, of course, yet still it rocks as you won't ever expect.

Most of the tracks presented here are from 'belighted', and the first thought came into my mind during listening was 'Wow, how dense the sound is comparing to the studio recording!' Indeed, this live version is way more solid than its studio counterpart. Sometimes it might lack some of the thoroughly masterful and rich arrangements you can enjoy much on 'belighted', but mostly it adds an unbelievable energy and plainly excellent sound.

The highlight of this live production is possibly a superior version of K.O.S. which was richened by a very special sound palette you won't notice on album version. A criss-cross between loud piano, heavy guitars and thunderous drums leads iamthemorning to some unlikely heavy and menacing sound. You will never say this band are wallflowers after this kind of experience, I tell you!

'Twas nice to see audience involved into 5/4, clapping to the rhythm, and my personal faves Gerda & Reprise of Light/No Light are incredubly beautiful here. A couple of songs from '~' appearing on this album are worth mention as well, especially 'scotland' which gained some special flavour in its middle heavy section.

Overall, it's an excellent live release you have to hear, whether you're a fan of iamthemorning or just wondering about the phenomenon of this fabulous group.

ole-the-first | 5/5 |


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