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3 stars A history lesson

Shackleton's Voyage is a conceptual musical journey by Eureka - a German project driven by multi- instrumentalist Frank Bossert - and featuring Billy Sherwood (Yes) and others as guests. I would like to describe the music found on this album as a mix between Mike Oldfield's Incantations, Camel's Celtic Rock masterpiece Harbour Of Tears, and Billy Sherwood's various projects such as Conspiracy (with Chris Squire) and Circa. Add to this some narration in the style of Rick Wakeman's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth and you have a pretty good idea of what you will find here. Troy Donockley's pipes and whistles contribute further to the appealing folky/Celtic sound.

As the title implies, the album is based on the famous Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton (1874- 1922). Even though I am personally fascinated by Shackleton's exploration and explorers in general, I think that the narration and the lyrics are the least appealing aspects of this album. While Billy Sherwood's familiar voice fits in very nicely, the lyrics are to my mind just too descriptive and direct with little or no room left for any interpretation and emotional involvement on the part of the listener. I mean that they just simply and dryly describe the journey like in a history lesson. However, the majority of the album is instrumental and it is here that this album manages to engage the listener.

Despite its narrative imperfections, Shackleton's Voyage is a good album with several nice instrumental moments in a Neo-Prog/Folk Rock vein and (disregarding the lyrics) some good vocal numbers in a more Crossover Prog style.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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