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BAND/AUTHOR:

LONELY ROBOT

(UNITED KINGDOM)

TITLE:
UNDER STARS
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
INSIDEOUT MUSIC
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE ROCK
"End of the trilogy and return to Earth"
TONYB - 09.04.2019 -
Will there be a sequel to "Under Stars" for John Mitchell's Lonely Robot project? Presented as the final part of the trilogy that began in 2015 with "Please Come Home" and continued in 2017 with "The Big Dream", this final episode of the guitarist/singer/producer's space adventures seems in any case to sign the end of the character "The Astronaut", and makes a comeback to Earth, addressing subjects as diverse as the addiction of our youth to new technologies as a question about the sustainability of the star that offers us its radii full of life every day.

We will not surprise any of our readers by specifying at the outset that the style of this new production is in line with the neo-progressive / prog FM movement dear to John Mitchell, distilled by his talent in all the bands where he has been involved to date. Alone at the controls of Lonely Robot and simply accompanied by Craig Blundell (Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson...) behind the drums and Steve Vantsis (Fish) on bass on half of the tracks, our handyman offers us eleven tracks, each more melodic than the other, concocted with a permanent attention to detail, the arrangements creating literally captivating atmospheres.
A real common thread, the piano regularly appears in the background of many tracks, whether in the acoustic parts ('How Bright is the Sun') but also in support of the very electric passages ('Ancient Ascendant') or during the choruses, all more catchy than the others ('Icarus'). The latter regularly refer to the best of Asia or even Ultravox, so much is their propensity to illuminate each of the tracks and to embed themselves in the listener's head ('Icarus','The Only Time I Don't Belong is Now'...)
The progressive touch is brought by regular instrumental breaks, carried by sharp guitars and a few well-smoked keyboard solos, but also by a regular use of syncopated rhythms where we find all the contribution of a high-flying bass/drums duo. And John Mitchell will be credited with not overemphasizing himself with his six-strings, his solo interventions remaining ultimately quite limited, but always judicious.
The whole is delivered by a magnificent production, full of finesse, full of clarity, highlighting both the instruments and John Mitchell's slightly hoarse voice, further emphasizing the very accessible nature of the 50 minutes proposed here.

To those who would only see in this production a new neo-progressive album with no particular originality, I would answer that in this case, it is like for hunters: there are the real artists, those who trigger emotions and arouse interest, and the bad ones. Undoubtedly, John Mitchell is in the first category and if indeed, the listener in search of convoluted and tortured structures will pass his way without regret, lovers of the genre will once again enjoy themselves.

More informations on https://www.facebook.com/johnchristianmitchell/

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TRACK LISTING

01. Terminal Earth
02. Ancient Ascendant
03. Icarus
04. Under Stars
05. Authorship Of Our Lives
06. The Signal
07. The Only Time I Don’t Belong Is Now
08. When Gravity Fails
09. How Bright Is The Sun?
10. Inside This Machine
11. An Ending


LINEUP

Graig Blundell: Batterie
John Mitchell: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers
Lian Holmes: Claviers
Nick Beggs: Basse


TAGS:
Easy Listening / FM, Neo, Concept-album
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