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5 stars If possible I will keep this review brief, as I am known to gush over music that I am so passionate about!

Within the Iona discography that I own (Iona, The Book of Kells, Journey Into The Morn, Open Sky, Treasures), 'Kells' stands out as their most ambitious and operatic.

A concept album based on the 8th Century Illuminated Manuscripts of the Four Gospels, this album matches the beauty of the legend behind the music. Said to have been created by angels, the book was a showcase for artistic virtuosos wishing to use their gifts for a higher purpose. Iona's vision matches this theme flawlessly.

As far as musicianship goes, each member contributes more than his or her share. Amongst the group, Dave Bainbridge stands out for me - a multi-instrumentalist capable of lilting acoustic melodies and searing electric guitar solos, all fitting within the confines of the song's progressive structures.

As far as spiritually minded progressive rock, no one matches the truth and honesty that is Iona.

Other noteworthy artists in this vein: Neal Morse (of Spock's Beard and Transatlantic fame).

ScottAN | 5/5 |


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