Okay, finally a release for the new age...Arthur Brown has emerged with a fresh, modern record that harkens back to a more melodic time and imaginative era. He has grown, he has aged, but his themes, his lyrics and his vocals are like a fine wine; they simply get better with age and time.
What astonishes me the most with this new release is that he chose the acoustic route, with no more than simply acoustic guitar and cello on some tracks. But don't think for one second that it's empty or lacking in character. Each tune tells a story, one of learned wisdom and changing times.
So, will all the Crazy World and Kingdom Come fans love this release? Well, if you are expecting wild psychedelia or manic progressive rock, then the answer is, probably not. Arthur however has a wonderfully sung remake of 'Love Is A Spirit' (from the self-titled Kingdom Come release) and the one track with full band and horns is a new take on the classic "Fire" where Arthur is no less manic, though I truly long for Vincent Crane.
"All The Bells", "Circle Dance", "Swimfish" and "Healing Sound" are all modern gems, with minimal instrumentation but gloriously flowing melody and top-notch performance. AB and the band also give a nod to neo-90s Euro-beat with the cut "Soul Sensation" which is actually quite infectious. And don't think you'll miss out on his classic wailing and screeching..It's all in there, baby...
What else can I say...Am I a fan? ABSOLUTELY. Can Arthur do no wrong? Well, not in my book - it's sheer brilliance always. But if you appreciate the migrations that one may take to find a new life, a new direction but still maintain an original and consistent purity, I think you'll find it in this very well done, very earthy, very ethereal, very ARTHUR BROWN release. (jl)
and as always, a mastering note:: FAB Recording, plain and simple. Brilliant stereo imaging, crisp vocals, wonderfully warm cello. High bit resolution was definitely used, and it shows. A+