Light Freedom Revival: Eterniverse Deja Vu
John Vehadija is a Canadian singer/songwriter hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. Light Freedom Revival (LFR) is his latest project where he has assembled some top notch musicians. We have Vehadija (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Billy Sherwood (drums, bass, guitars, keyboards), Oliver Wakeman (piano and additional lead keyboards), Eric Gillette (lead guitar) and Marisa Frantz (harmony vocals).
With musicians such as these you may be expecting a complex slice of prog but that is not the case here. What you do get is very well executed proggy flavoured rock with excellent lead vocals and classy musicianship. There is a poppy sheen bathing some of these songs but don't let that scare you as rock is the order of the day.
The album is titled Eterniverse Deja Vu and it is a concept of sorts relating to Vehadija's mystical views of the universe. The lyrics and themes are at times reminiscent of something that Jon Anderson might come up with.
Soaring neo flavoured guitar highlights the first track "New Lightspace Age". It's all very well played with an ultra-catchy vocal melody. More addicting vocals can be heard in the melodic "An Idea Of Freedom" and the uplifting and melodic "Where Words Fail" where Sherwood's bass is heavy in the mix. The folk pop of "Form Hope" featuring soaring female harmony vocals from Frantz and the catchy title track are two more excellent tunes. The accessible pop of "Go Amplify The Feeling" has a nice keyboard solo from Wakeman whereas "Place Of Power" is a moodier piece highlighted by its lush keyboard sounds.
Special kudos as well to the fantastical artwork courtesy of Ed Unitsky. As usual he does a first rate job.
While Eterniverse Deja Vu may not be adventurous enough for some progheads I really enjoyed its wonderful melodies and positive vibes. Hopefully this won't be a one-off and we will hear more from this project in the near future.
1. New Lightspace Age (4:17)
2. An Idea Of Freedom (4:58)
3. Where Words Fail (4:03)
4. And Dream And Dream Again (4:41)
5. Form Hope (4:31)
6. Eterniverse Deja Vu (5:24)
7. They Fit You In (4:18)
8. Go Amplify The Feeling (4:29)
9. Starting Over (4:53)
10. Place Of Power (6:02)
11. Stay Strong With Me (5:41)
12. Positive Light Code (5:12)
13. Enjoy The Now (5:54)
Added: August 30th 2017
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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