|Mastedon 3||Frontiers Records|
I haven't had any prior experience with Mastedon – just one of those bands you miss from time to time. But I love John Elefante's voice! Who can forget his incredible Young And Innocent track from the St. Elmo's Fire soundtrack, his other more melodic Elefante project and of course production work with Petra and being a two time member of Kansas.|
Mastedon in 2009 is a fair distance from the two hard rocking albums from nearly 20 years back. Mastedon 3 is more reflective of an artist that has matured and takes in all of Elefante's musical influences over the years.
This is one mighty fine record that is a little traditional AOR, a little pomp and a little progressive. The end result is a superb sounding record with some epic moments, some breathtaking arrangements, big harmonies and a brilliant vocal performance from John.
The album impresses on a number of levels. The production and crisp mix are spot on and John's vocals are just heavenly – power and melody at the same time.
The organ soaked melody of Revolution Of Mind is just about everything I love about this kinda of music – genius stuff.
The 6 minute Nowhere Without Your Love is epic AOR with one of the year's biggest and most passionate chorus harmonies. Truly immense and glorious to the note.
A definite Kansas influence here, but nowhere near as much as the 10 minute true epic that follows – One Day Down By The Lake. This tune is absolutely classic 70s rock and classic Kansas, even featuring Kerry Livgren on guitar.
The heart pumping Water Into Wine rocks, while It's About Time offers another true vocal highlight of 2009.
Then another highlight in You Can't Take Anything. Great lead guitar courtesy of Dave Amato and another sensational vocal that wraps around the harmony of the song and strengthens it.
Lying is yet another winner, making this one of the most consistent records of the year.
That's What You Do is another feel good melodic rocker with a punchy verse, but melodically blissful chorus.
Closing the album is a really inspired, haunting cover of the Kansas classic Dust In The Wind. Magic!
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