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The new Vox album is wonderful. The sound bits on the site are nice, but don't reflect the beauty of each piece. All bar five tracks are actually instrumental. I'm glad Andreas sings, rather than a guest singer. The songs are more simpler than on Eolian Minstrel, but much more poetic and inspired I think. Pilgrim seems to be about the passing of his mother, but rather than being a song of heavy grief, its a song of commemoration, love and inspiration. Innocent, an equally beautiful song, is about giving hope to all children (both young and old!); Paper Walls/Silver Moment reflect troubadour sensibilities; Hearts of Gold is about drawing hopeful inspiration from saint-like figures; Ripples in the Lake of Time is about the impermanence, yet joy, of life. Rather than all tunes blending into one, each piece pretty much stands on its own on Vox. Rather than being a pure adventure in sound like Caverna Magica, Vox, being an album revolved around carefully crafted songs, is like the expression of the warmth of a full personality; that's its peculiar magic and its probably Andreas's "warmest" album of all, for want of a better phrase! In "critic speak", like all Andreas's albums, it has the sensibility of highly imaginative and highly artistic chamber music, rather than radio-friendly pop, notwithstanding its "accessibility". And there's a few nods to the past: Sons of Sisyphos is based on Sisyphos (b-side of Pace Verde) and Silver Moment has lyrics that quote Down to the Moon! Highly, highly recommended! (20 stars :-)
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