In the realm of second generation purveyors of classic English melodic progressive rock you can place veterans Landmarq. They've released their fifth studio album Entertaining Angels, in this case, a two disc special edition.
For the sake of clarity, the majority of the music on this recording has been heard before. Entertaining Angels, Mountains of Anglia, Prayer, Calm Before the Storm from the first CD, and Walking on Eggshells, Timeline, and Thunderstruck on the bonus CD, were originally performed live and recorded for the CD/DVD Turbulence - Live in Poland.
The new songs are Glowing, in two parts, Personal Universe, Turbulence, and on the bonus CD, the short piano piece, Stormbrewing. Despite the repetition of previously released material, you should not be dissuaded from buying this collection. It's simply marvelous and delightful, passionate and powerful, melodic progressive rock from a talented band. It may be their strongest work.
There's not a single dull moment here, every song is ear charming journey. From Tracy Hitching's graceful and powerful vocals to the sparkling keyboards to soaring guitar solos, the arrangements are enormous and engaging. Thanks to the help of some guests, Hugh McDowell on Cello (Turbulence) and Laurent Hunziker on Saxophone (Entertaining Angels, Glowing, Mountains of Anglia, Prayer), their sound has even greater breadth and depth. On the second part of Glowing and within Mountains of Anglia, that saxophone gives Landmarq a near Floydish quality, which is not a bad thing.
Bottom line: Landmarq's Entertaining Angels is phenomenal. Get it.
Landmarq's Entertaining Angels is simply marvelous and delightful, passionate and powerful, melodic progressive rock. It may be their strongest work.
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