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An extraordinary aural experience,
This review is from: Sound Awake (Audio CD)
Having been a fan of the band's first effort Themata, I thought I'd give this album a go. I will admit that I wasn't immediately impressed. It didn't have the instantly accessible, stronger tracks that Themata had and whilst it definitely had a feeling of consistency that demanded another play, it didn't grab me in the first three or four plays.
I was just about to write it off... and then I listened to it. I mean, I really listened to it. And then I really listened to it again. And again! Each time I played the album through, I noticed something new about it. It was then I realised the startling depth to the album; the real maturity woven in amongst the genius melodies and advanced progressive time signatures. This is a record that grew and grew and grew on me, to the point that I realised I had been listening to it for weeks without getting tired of it.
After I had finally taken in all the beautiful musicalities and Ian Kenny's breathtaking vocals- even stronger than on Themata, I hasten to add- I came to rest on possibly my biggest praise for the album: the lyrics. The lyrical content never falls below supreme. It appears that several of the songs are asking profound questions on religion and theology, often with cynical undertones. Other songs have an essence that is perhaps a lot more universal, with my personal favourite being "All I Know," which is a stunning and, in my opinion, transcendental take on a failing long-term relationship. In fact, possibly even more poignant is "Umbra," the deeply moving and very vivid insight into depression and perhaps even alcoholism. Not to go overkill on the praise, but this song has actually brought me to tears on some occasions. Quite an achievement!
I will conclude here, despite having volumes more to say about the album. It's my favourite album, put simply. Buy it, let it challenge you, move you and inspire you.