Another great release by this Canadian prog rock group. A consummate album of depth, complexity, emotion and superb musicianship. Lyrically and instrumentally, the band is one of the best modern prog rock bands in the world at present and deserve to increase their fan base with this faultless effort. Well done chaps!
I had tried out Mystery in the past and was not quite sure until Delusion Rain. With Lies & Butterflies, Mystery have really nailed it. The album is brilliantly crated. The vocals and guitar are absolutely fantastic, great keyboards, good bass and drums, lots of nice piano and some good flute passages. Slightly reminds me of Riverside and IQ, only better. A bit of a grower, and every time I listen I hear something new and appreciate it more. The standout tracks have to be 'Waiting for Something Else' and the pseudo reprise ' Chrysalis' each at around 14 mins or so. 'Dare to Dream' although shorter also fabulous and the other 3 tracks are also very good.
Mystery always make great music. This album has 7 tracks on it lasting just over the hour. I keep saying this they are one of the finest bands on the planet. Well done again to all of you. Track 3 How do you feel? means a lot to me.
This album is my highlight of 2018 so far and will be very difficult to beat. I think this band is now officially one of my favorites. The second (closing) part of the epic first track "Looking for Something Else" would be in my top 10 'Desert Island Discs' ; I rate this particular passage of music so highly. I agree with a previous reviewer, Jean Pegeau has seamlessly replaced Benoit David perfectly. This band is so melodic and a pleasure to listen to over and over again. Michel St-Père is a gifted musician and composer. One of the best PROG bands in the world today. I would give this album 6* if I could. Hopefully one day I will see them in the UK.
After the exceptional Delusion Rain and the live Second Home comes the 3rd outing with new singer Jean Pegeau, kicking off with a song nearly 17 minutes long is a risk that works wonderfully, building slowly it draws you in the vocals begin the story before Michel St Pere lets loose with a wonderful guitar solo and builds to a climax, and the rest of the album follows suit book ended by the 15 minute guitar heavy Chrysalis (very Rush). There are lighter moments of keyboards and acoustic guitar and some exceptional bass on Where Dreams Come Alive make this a real band effort. Onward and upwards for this band!
I love this band - pure class. I think the way they seamlessly moved from Benoit David to Jean Pegeau was perfect. Seven tracks here opening and closing with a couple of "epics". High standards of musicianship throughout. I think one of the bands great trademarks is the way they create such great melodies - songs which are so easy to latch on to. The anthemic ending to the 16 minute plus opener - "Looking for Something Else" displays this beautifully as it builds and builds and Jean's voice really takes flight. Michel St-Père is such a gifted musician who surrounds himself with great players. Mystery - whilst very much Michel's creation - are a band in the read sense. A good mix of pace enhances a fine album; there are some good mood shifts. Excellent stuff from an excellent band. Then again I AM biased!!