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One Eye on the Sunrise [Import]

Nine Stones Close Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Progrock USA
  • ASIN: B0091G7BDS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the year? 21 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
Adrian Jones and his band have come up with something truly special on One Eye on the Sunrise, the second album from the 'band' configuration of Nine Stones Close (the first NSC album was very much an Adrian Jones solo project). The songwriting is inspired, blending elements of bands like Camel, Marillion, Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree into a truly unique-sounding collection of music: these influences are in there, but NSC never really sound like anyone other than themselves. There's also a good sonic mixture on OEotS, including delicate ballads, mid-tempo rockers and all-out belters. Never a dull moment.

The musicianship here is also impressive. Adrian is a stellar guitarist, but he's surrounded himself with a collection of top-notch musicians on this set (keyboardist Brendan Eyre also gets a few songwriting credits here), and it really sounds like a group of musicians playing as a band - not just a guitarist playing with a bunch of hired hand supporting musicians. Given the relatively short time they've all been working/playing together, I cant wait to hear what they come up with next time!

In a nutshell: if you like emotive, intelligent and passionate music (with guitar licks that will knock you socks off!), do NOT let this album pass you by. Probably my top album of the year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (Nine Stones) Close To Perfection 29 Dec 2012
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'One Eye On The Sunrise' is contemporary progressive rock that will probably appeal to fans of bands such as Porcupine Tree, Anathema, Pink Floyd, Marillion and King Crimson.

Nine Stones Close was originally a solo project brought to life by guitarist Adrian Jones. His first release under the NSC name, 'St. Lo' deservedly won critical acclaim and enabled Adrian to recruit some notable musicians to collaborate on further releases. 'One Eye On The Sunrise' completes the transformation of NSC into a fully fledged band and Adrian is joined by : Marc Atkinson (vocals) and Brendan Eyre (keyboards) both of Riversea, Peter Vink (Ayreon) on bass and Pieter Van Hoorn (Knight Area) on drums. Whilst Marc and Brendan had also been present for the second NSC album (the excellent 'Traces') 'One Eye' is the first NSC album to really sound like a genuine band effort.

NSC have come a long way in three albums. Whilst I loved parts of 'St. Lo', it wasn't structured enough for me and is now hardly recognisable as the embryo that NSC developed from. 'Traces' was itself a huge step forward, but 'One Eye' is revelatory and really sees NSC come of age. Whilst the themes and flavours build on those used in 'Traces', there is a greater maturity to the composition and musicianship.

The album opens with a brief Floyd-esque instrumental 'Faceless Angel' that sets the atmosphere of the music on offer. 'A Secret', follows. This is a sparse, minimalist prog-rock anthem. Marc Atkinson's emotive vocals accompany stepping stone guitar chords that are awash with melancholy. Although there is nothing commercial about the song, it quickly entwines you in its hypnotic spell. "I told you a secret, Wrap it up and keep it, Then swallow it whole"...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! 21 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
I was worried about this album as Traces was easily one of my favourites in recent years. No need to worry. It is like a superbly crafted progression of Traces. Beautiful lyrics, beautiful music and talented musicians. what more is there to say. Nine Stone Close should be very proud of themselves indeed. Roll on their next album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Equally as good...possibly better! 20 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
When an album of brilliance like Traces comes along you tend to worry about the follow up. There was no need...this album is a beautifully crafted piece of work. As with Traces it is generally "easy listening" with its great melodies but no one should be in any doubt of the undelying strength of the musicianship with its blend of subtleties,intricancies and on occasions "driving rock". Adrian Jones and his team are a revelation and deserve our thanks for creating something very special indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year 24 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
Reassuringly often in these days of what seems to be a resurgence of great progressive rock an album is brought out that completely obsesses me for several months. I bought One Eye on the Sunrise months ago, knowing it was going to be something special. It grabbed me from the very first playing and i listened to it many, many times over the ensuing weeks.

What is more unusual is an album that grabs you in this way and maintains its hold on you, still seeming fresh and never sounding too tired or familiar. The addition of a real drummer this time around has made a tangible difference to the sound that Adrian Jones and his talented crew make. I'm not going to do a laborious track by track critique here, there are others more proficient than I at doing that.

To me the most important thing is that this music just works on so many levels, whether the exquisite vocals from Marc Atkinson, the inventive soundscapes provided by keys man Brendan Eyre, the soaring guitar playing of Adrian Jones himself, or the driving rhythms and supporting percussion offered by Pieter Van Hoorn, for me this album ticks all the boxes, even to the extent of giving my much desired, but rarely achieved, full on emotional reaction, tears, goosebumps etc. The addition of Cellist Katy Bell on 2 of the tracks demonstrates a new maturity of composition that greatly adds to the overall sound pallette. New bass man Peter Vink and the wonderful Matt Stevens also contribute well.

I know that, despite the departure of Marc Atkinson, that Adrian is already hard at work on the next album and I, for one, am already watering at the mouth in anticipation.
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