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Ancient Vision: Lost At Sea
Long ago, Ancient Vision released two CDs
- then disappeared. Perhaps they were lost at sea, but this new album heralds
their return. There's a modified lineup, but Keyboardist Tom May is still at the
May wrote a short story, and the album's concept revolves around
the story's theme of a bleak look at a future society. The unlikely yarn adds a
dimension of complexity and cohesion to the album, though many will prefer to
concentrate on the music and skip the story or the lyrics.
Lost At Sea
is 1970s inspired symphonic prog enriched by instruments like sax, mandolin, and
balalaika - and good songwriting. With their albums engineered by ex-Jethro Tull
techie Tim Matyear, Ancient Visions compares itself with 'Tull. In fact,
although the overall "vibe" and the "dynamics" of the album may be similar,
"King Big Business" is the only song that evokes direct comparisons.
title track is a standout featuring dueling saxes, deep atmospherics, and a
sound reminiscent of Van Der Graaf Generator. There are several pleasing moments
including the occasional inserts of female vocals - though Tom Hook's singing
might find selective appeal.
A solid attempt that will appeal to fans of
progressive concept epics.
1. Part I - Out
of Darkness - Snow Falls Into Winte
2. Part II - Looking for Future Dreams -
Searchning for Gold
3. Part II - Looking for Future Dreams - All Dressed Up
4. Part III - The World Now - Pirates in the Streets
5. Part III - The World
Now - Lost at Sea
6. Part III - The World Now - King Big Business
III - The World Now - As the World Turns
8. Part IV - Into the Greyness &
Confusion - Final
Added: December 1st 2009
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: The Band's MySpace Site
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