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CD ARC ANGELS HARLEQUINS OF LIGHT REVIEW

ARC ANGEL

HARLEQUINS OF LIGHT

2013

 

 

FINE PROGRESSIVE MELODIC AOR

 

 

Powerful, emotional, grandiose Melodic Progressive AOR from Jeff Cannata.

 

Not being familiar with Jeff’s previous work it was eye-opening to hear the title track that opens this fine album – it’s a great building symphonic anthem that simply blows you away (turn it up!). It’s not however a template for the album as a whole which takes a more twisting path that allows Jeff to explore many textures and sounds along the way. And whilst I must admit I did find that a little disappointing at first listen, after repeated plays I’m with him all the way, though that opener does still remain my firm favourite here.

 

‘As Far as the Eye’ can see that follows replaces the anthemic start with all the catchier AOR trappings. Like we said though this is all about contrasts and while songs like ‘Voice of Illuminati’ tread heavier ground the keys balance it beautifully and you get something not unlike a smoother late –era Magnum. I personally love it, but I’m equally enthralled by the lighter West Coast AOR flavour of ‘California Daze’ and ‘Tonight Forever’.

 

‘Fortune Teller’ from an earlier project is yet another highlight. Throughout a very enjoyable album you get some great songs that show off Cannata’s considerable musical talents and not inconsiderable vocal prowess. This is an album you’ll fall for.      

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD ARC ANGELS HARLEQUINS OF LIGHT REVIEW 2013