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An outstanding act of beauty,
This review is from: Random Acts Of Beauty (Audio CD)
I must confess I was waiting for this album with eager anticipation for months after listening to the sound clips on David Minasian's website. I ordered an advance copy and couldn't wait for that to arrive; I had to download a copy from the U.S. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed. Blown away would be nearer the mark.
David Minasian has crafted a superb piece of melodic progressive rock that shows strong influences from Camel, early Genesis and the Moody Blues, but stands on its own as something truely distinctive in its own right. Weighing it at seven tracks, varying from fourteen and a half to five minutes in length, the album presents the listener with a tapestry of vocal and instrumental pieces.
Opening with Masquerade (12:32), David's Justin Hayward-style vocals are augmented by those of Andy Latimer of Camel. Andy contributes his trademark guitar and it's wonderful to hear him again; he is, as always fantastic. David's Keyboards are stunning. You can pick up hints of Peter Bardens and occasional bits of Rick Wakeman, but his sound is very much his own. Chambermaid (8:48) is another vocal track, but the intrumental passages introduce us to David's son, Justin, on guitar. A cross between Andy Latimer and Steve Hackett, he plays fantastically, with a soaring guitar sound that immediately gets under your skin. I must confess to being a big fan of the guitar and I've rarely heard it played so beautifully.
Storming the castle (5:30) is a jaunty instrumental track with keyboards to the fore. Blue Rain (7:35) builds from a gentle vocal/keyboard introduction into stunning guitar passages that are intensely beautiful; the counterpoint with the rippling keyboards is striking.
Frozen in time (14:37) is the longest track, composed of a series of flowing segments, varying from quiet acoustic passages to the most rock-oriented on the album. The musicianship is faultless and the interplay of David and Justin is a joy to listen to.
Summer's End (7:55) builds on this interplay and Justin's guitar solos are wonderfully emotive; I think this is my favourite track on the album. The album closes with Dark Waters (5:03) which again paints a picture of light and shade with airy keyboard passages and intense guitar.
It's hard to buttonhole this album; you can hear influences, but the musicianship and music stands on its own. Intensely melodic, emotive and uplifting, no one else sounds like this. I love this album already and think it will be on my CD player for months to come. I hope the album gives David the exposure he deserves and spurs him to create more of this wonderful music; there's nothing random about it, it's all beautiful and I can heartily recommend it to you.