LOST WORLD BAND Of Things and
Reviewed by Andrew Fisher
A band that has always had a gift for melody and beauty
has now vaulted into the upper echelons of prog world with this release of complex, well-recorded and produced, symphonic prog. Whereas their sound was always a little unpolished and their songs a
little too syrupy sweet, this one shows a significant leap in both sophistication and maturity. The new sound is like Mike Oldfield only better; Lost World has gone where we all wished (and thought)
Mike would go (but didn't).
Didorenko / all guitars, violins, keyboards and vocal
- Vassili Soloviev / flute
- Konstantin Shtirlitz / drums
- Alexander Akimov / percussion
1. "Shapes and Objects"
(a symphonic creation with full orchestral support)
I. "Random Objects in the Sun" (3:20) impressive dynamics. I find myself reminded of Mike Oldfield's Incantations only on a much more sophisticated level. The
song just keeps getting better as it goes! Amazing instrumental appearances. (9.5/10)
II. "Moving Dots" (3:15) the andante of this symphony--with vocals, flutes, acoustic guitars and orchestral contributions all helping with the syncopated weave. Then, half way
through, it shifts into a smooth, upbeat orchestral piece. Awesome! (9.5/10)
III. "Water Circles" (4:31) a kind of rondo with guitars, violins, and flutes trading the melody with orchestral percussion and drums helping out along the way. Incredible song.
We are not worthy! Would that Mike Oldfield ever climbed to such heights! (10/10)
IV. "Time Squares" (3:10) the dénouement and climax. Perfect! (9.5/10)
2. "When the Time is
Still" (4:18) Gorgeous arrangement. (9.5/10)
3. "Death of Mr.
Winter" (1:05) quirky and angular--a perfect foil for the previous songs. A lot like a JACK O' THE CLOCK song. (9/10)
4. "Intertwined" (3:30)
an awesome multiple acoustic guitar étude--not unlike a WILLIAM ACKERMAN song, only on high doses of cafeine. Andy Didorenko on full display. (9/10)
5. "Of Things and Beings" (0:51) another quirky odd JACK O' THE CLOCK-like song with a heavily treated multiple tracked vocal.
6. "Watchbird" (6:08) a full out, Chris Squire chunky bass prog en force. Not my favorite song or style of Andy's but it does display
his ability to write and perform at a very high YES-like level of rock dynamism. The violin adds a true EDDIE JOBSON/UK-ness to the song. (Great drumming, Mr. Shtirlitz!) (9/10)
7. "Simple as"
I. "One" (2:13) pastoral, hand percussion with flute and acoustic guitars. Amazing flute(s) and guitar(s) weave. Gorgeous! (10/10)
II. "Two" (1:41) The feast continues! A little more up tempo this time. Like a Michel Legrand/Jean-Pierre Rampal/Alexandre LaGoya composition. Amazing! (10/10)
III. "Three" (1:46) the third of the trilogy steps into a more metronomic (though off tempo) medieval troubadour feel and sound. Again, the jazzy sound of Legrand/Rampal/LaGoya is
strongly brought to mind. (9/10)
8. "The Structure of Madness" (4:05) a return to heavier, electrified rock--this time of a style more akin to bands like MAHAVISHNU
ORCHESTRA, ELP, BRUFORD, URIAH HEEP, even RUSH. Wonderful performances by all instruments--especially drums, electric guitars, and bass. A definite masterpiece of progressive rock by a certifiable
master of musical composition and performance.(10/10)
9. "On Thin Ice" (3:33)
treads into the almost-'pop' style and sound of previous albums like 2009's Sound Source and 2013's Solar Power. By has this band/musician matured!
10. "Downpour "(3:12) aggressive violin, guitars and bass open this song before the drums enter full throttle to drive this one to
crescendoed highs (with notable valleys of meek dynamics). Impressive but not memorable or even very likable. (8/10)
This is by far and away
the best album Lost World has released and one of the best albums I've heard from this year. (Oops! I guess it was a late 2016 release!) Excellent sound recording and production throughout (which was
a weakness of past recordings). And despite Andy's virtuosity, his flute player and drummer are both on an equal level!
93.33 on the Fishscales
= Five stars, A; a masterpiece of progressive rock music!
Few clips from the Jao Da Club performance, Moscow, March 2017
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Tracks from the new album Of Things and Beings