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3 stars TRANSIENCE is the solo project of Fred Hunter, LANDS END's keyboard and bass player. There's no doubt that this is a solo album from a keyboard player, as the music is very keyboard based. However, all of the other LAND'S END band members are playing here and there on the album. If it wasn't for the slightly different musical direction of this album, it could've been another LANDS END album. LANDS END hasn't released anything since the "Natural Selection" album in 1997. The music is atmospheric ambient progressive rock, and the concept of the album is simply places that Fred has visited. Each song creates a different mood. I can't help thinking about ELEGANT SIMPLICITY when I'm hearing this album, and of course LANDS END too. Even CAMELl, IQ, PINK FLOYD and David Sylvian springs to mind now and then. The PINK FLOYD reminiscences is mostly present in the David Gilmour-sounding guitar playing, and the David Sylvian reminiscences is of course in the vocals. Most of the album is rather soft, quiet and laid-back, mainly instrumental, with many beautiful melodies. My favorites are the 13 minutes "Desert Falls", "LA Post", the 19 minutes "The Seven Pools" and the closing "Stanley Park". My only criticisms would be that the keyboard sounds often is too sterile and 80's sounding, but yet very modern. Some more vintage keyboards such as Fender Rhodes, Hammond, Mellotron or Mini-Moog could've added some warmth and richness to the album. A little bit more diversity could've raised it even higher. The result is that it sometimes gets a bit tedious and boring in the extended keyboard soundscapes. All in all this is a rather good album that you can play, lying on the floor or in your bed, just relaxing. LANDS END fans will surely love this one. Fred is currently writing material for the next TRANSIENCE album.
Greger | 3/5 |


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