The very fact that this album went largely unnoticed is a testament to the inability of the American public to know a good thing when it's staring them right in the face. This well-crafted work of art contains nary a song that even remotely resembles what could be construed as "filler."
The album opens with "Poetic Justice", an instrumental precursor to what awaits you. Soft, lush and mesmerizing ... Blaze shows the very diversity of his musical prowess in this 39 second-long invocation. "Innocence" roars to life with a barrage of Blaze's unmistakable style of guitar stylings, only to be followed by Ron Taylor's velvety pipes. OUTSTANDING.
"True Believer" ... what more can be said about a true classic? This testament to faith - in relation to the supernatural, as well as the belief in one's relationships - moves supernatural mountains. "Body Double" is the rare naughty song in Lillian's catalog ... i hear Ron Taylor's influence on this one - a song about a sordid affair with apparently double-jointed twins. (sigh..)
Prepare yourself for the life altering affects of "See you someday" ... this sweltering mix of keys and guitar culminate into an emotional roller coaster. This song sings of the regrets, the triumphs and, dare i say the need to go back to those we have lost in our lives. "Will you ever know what i wanted to say? Maybe you'll find a way, and i'll see you someday ..." Steve, you got me through the death of so many close ones with this one. God bless you for your gift.
"Living in the Grey" - to me - sings of a time of year that, with its arrival each year, brings a melancholy sense of "what was." For me, it's the cold chill of November that coincides with the death of a very special girl ... and for that (blessedly) short, cold season i live in the grey.
"Digital Dreams" is another eerie, ethereal instrumental. The perfect precursor to "Dyin' to live", which i interpret as wishing for the ability to share one's sense of hope with a loved one who feels hopelessness. "Mercy" continues with the theme of Faith. i hear Steve's frustrations with God, Faith and those who use that faith when it's convenient - while it tells of a God who loves unconditionally. Breathtakingly simple, yet the concept still blows me away.
"The Promised Land" opens with the night prayer we often recited as children, and speaks of the hope of that reunion with those we love who have gone before us. The solo on this one is beauty and anguish lulled into submission by Blaze. Amazing!
"No Matter What" is a remake of an old Badfinger tune, and the Axe does an inspired tribute to the orignal. Taylor's handling of vocals is flawless, and the vamped up tempo is something i always thought this song needed. It's always great to hear a band take a song and truly make it their own. Lillian Axe certainly did it with this tune!
"She's my Salvation" is a story of making that which we love our saving grace. John Ster's voice booms as he speaks "Find salvation in something or someone and make that your sanctuary. Unless you do this, you're lost." Freaking fantastic!
"A moment of reflection" closes the album out with lush, sweeping melodies of synth and guitars. A fitting closing to a phenomenal album.
A phenomenal effort, i wholeheartedly give this one 5 stars!!!