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LOOKING-GLASS LANTERN

Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


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Looking-Glass Lantern is all about Graham Dunnington, an Englishman with a Classical background, who used to play for a Classical Rock band, propably this collaboration set the seeds of what was to come. He completed his PhD in Victorian Popular Music and the next step was to combine his studies with his love for Progressive Rock. In 2013 he recorded and released his debut ''A Tapestry of Tales'', a work close to the lines of GENESIS, THE ENID and early PENDRAGON, playing all instruments and singing. The next year ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' was released, establishing Dunnington as one of the extremely talented composers of modern Symphonic Rock.

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3.70 | 5 ratings
A Tapestry Of Tales
2013
4.12 | 16 ratings
The Hound of the Baskervilles
2014

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 The Hound of the Baskervilles by LOOKING-GLASS LANTERN album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.12 | 16 ratings

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The Hound of the Baskervilles
Looking-Glass Lantern Neo-Prog

Review by PH

5 stars LOOKING-GLASS LANTERN is the alter ego of Graham Dunnington. This Englishman shares a passion for classic progressive rock, while also being avid lover of literary characters that came from the pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Both influences are reflected over the musical project LGL. The majestic debut CD 'A Tapestry of Tales' from 2013 was a very solid offering, but there were few hints that the follow-up can be even more refined and more diverse. Now we have 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', a collection of nine compositions for intriguing and dramatic venture. The main line that passes through the 60 minutes of its length is a hypnotic tension which finds a vent in the penult song (a title track, btw). Thereafter gentle instrumental 'Retrospection' helps you to come back home from the exciting travel... Once again Graham Dunnington has created a symphonic prog album to guide listeners across the interesting adaptation of mysterious crime and subsequent unraveling. Overall the sound is orchestral with rich arrangements. Musical entourage led by huge keyboards and soaring guitars prevail throughout. Tight drums establish tempos, bass lines produce a strong foundation. The nice vocals fit perfectly with mysterious atmosphere and peculiar landscape. Each track interprets the basic concept in a highly theatrical style. All the necessary components that should characterize this ambitious work like a musical gem are here. Hats off...
 A Tapestry Of Tales by LOOKING-GLASS LANTERN album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.70 | 5 ratings

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A Tapestry Of Tales
Looking-Glass Lantern Neo-Prog

Review by PH

5 stars If a multi-talented musician has enough confidence in his songwriting, there should appear the self-performed, self-produced and even self-released masterwork. It's time for Graham Dunnington to confirm this theory. So LOOKING-GLASS LANTERN takes the heritage of Victorian England into the 21-st century by means of wonderful CD 'A Tapestry of Tales'. Arose from famous adventures of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, this debut album is tour-de- force of symphonic progressive grandeur, filled with church organs and miraculous harpsichords, brass fanfares and tinkling bells, violin-like guitar passages and steady rhythm section. Classically oriented arrangements are on a top level. The vintage instruments (Korg, Roland, Yamaha) build up the atmosphere to recreate the feeling of that original era. The lead vocals complimented by neat harmonies add an essential part to sonic texture... Undoubtedly, Looking-Glass Lantern draws on the Genesis legacy ('Wind and Wuthering' period). A lot of Tony Banks-ish bliss strengthens such comparison. Being a real wizard with the keyboards, Graham Dunnington has mastery over the guitar. The soft-as-velvet tones display a resemblance to Steve Hackett. Fans of Phil Collins will find plenty of exquisite drumming. Melodic bass-lines evoke Mike Rutherford. Additionally to Genesis, there're enchanting moments to recall Alan Parsons Project and Barclay James Harvest; plus allusion to Keith Emerson (in dizzying heights of title track). Thankfully, everything sounds natural and organic. The musical content doesn't wear out its miraculous eloquence until the final note. Bravo!
 A Tapestry Of Tales by LOOKING-GLASS LANTERN album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.70 | 5 ratings

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A Tapestry Of Tales
Looking-Glass Lantern Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars After playing with a Classical Rock band didn't work out, UK-based classical-trained multi- instrumentalist Graham Dunnington decided to launch his own project under the name of Looking-Glass Lantern.Inspired both by Classical Music and 70's Progressive Rock, he moved on to the writings and recordings of a debut album influenced by the stories of Sherlock Holmes.Basically a home production, Dunnington was armoured with guitars, various keyboards ( Korg X5, Roland U110 and Yamaha TX81Z) and samplers and the album came out digitally in 2013 under the title ''A tapestry of tales''.

This work is at least surprising, when you have talent you can really come-up with a pretty cool album.''A tapestry of tales'' is actually a Symphonic Rock effort with romantic touches and, according to Dunnington, flashes from the atmosphere of Victorian England.It sounds like 70's GENESIS with occasional vibes from THE ENID and RICK WAKEMAN and comes close to a more Classical-inspired side of the Dutch US project.Long tracks with lush and elaborate arrangements, filled with dreamy keyboard interludes and more bombastic passages, leaning on a balance between instrumental orchestrations and vocal sections.But there are enough great guitar moves and atmospheric segments for a more flexible effort, which swirls around melodic patterns, Classical reminders and Prog Rock diversity and intelligence.Nice use of synthesizers to produce a mixture of vintage and modern keyboard stylings with sections sound as based on organ and harsichord and other parts coming closer to the pompous lines of Neo Prog acts.The mood of the album is excellent with many sensitive pieces linked to the virtuosity of a Classical composer, only significant flaw is Dunnington's mediocre voice, which even appears to be highly distorted.

I was very impressed by the work of this man.While not a classic, ''A tapestry of tales'' is a more than rewarding modern Symphonic Rock effort with great melodies, 70's inspirations and beautiful arrangements.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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