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VISION AND AGELESS LIGHT

Eye

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.03 | 13 ratings

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Progfan97402
4 stars EYE keeps getting better and better. Brandon Smith and Lisa Bella Donna (formerly Adam Smith) received two new members with guitarist Jon Finley and bassist Michael Sliclen. Visions and Ageless Light really shows a giant leap from previous albums. Adam Smith has made a similar transformation like Walter/Wendy Carlos into Lisa Bella Donna, and it seems the transformation improved her in one great way: her keyboard playing has improved quite a lot and a lot more impressive. Rather than just a Mellotron here or there, a standard synth solo here and there, she really does more with her keyboard setup, more synth effects, more overall creative use of the synths. Not a keyboard made after 1980 used (the Prophet 10 is the newest keyboard in her arsenal). New members really gave the band that something that propelled them forward in a great way. "Book of the Dead" clearly shows that Bella Donna was having some tron problems, as if something was interfering with the flow of the tron tapes, so it sounds all glitchy. I'm sure that was unintentional, but she must have loved that effect so much she kept it, and so do I. It's an instrumental piece, where the tron passage gives away to a short Tangerine Dream like electronic passage. You'd think they're heading the progressive electronic direction, but not at all. The band the goes the guitar/keyboard dominated psych/prog route. Some really nice vocals. What I really like is the emotion the band really discovered since that sure helped benefit big time. I am particularly found of the acoustic "Dweller of the Twilight World". These harmonies are to die for, not to mention the stunning synth solos. It's as if Bella Donna avoided any synth sounds that didn't exist prior to 1976. "As Sure as the Sun" starts off as a stunning acoustic piece, sounding a bit like a spaced out Crosby, Stills & Nash (or Porcupine Tree's "Lips of Ashes" from In Absentia, which too sounds like a spaced out CSN) but then as a 27 minute piece, they start rocking out, there's some King Crimson like Mellotron moments, and heavier rock influences, plus some spacy synths. What's great about this album is the Laser's Edge took notice and released it, meaning they're no longer confined mainly to the Columbus, Ohio region for recognition, they now have the whole prog community for recognition for anyone interested in them (but be aware, I live near Eugene, Oregon, and I knew of EYE before they ever signed with The Laser's Edge). Four and half star rating this is, it really blew me away!
Progfan97402 | 4/5 |

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