A fine example follows with “Not Human Anymore” which asks whether we have “lost part of ourselves.” There are so many layers and directions including, what sounds like, an atmospheric reminder of Page and Plant in Morocco amid other equally colourful flavours.
Next comes “Tesla” which, it has to be said, is superb. Opening with a ticking clock and somewhat foreboding chimes it evolves through its funky groove, whilst introducing seductive sax, and gypsy tinged violin. This is epic in scale with every detail being carefully delivered and as such is both extraordinarily strong and complex. You stay locked in compelled to hungrily receive every note and every effect as the experience unfolds.
“Reflections” eases briefly in with gentle keys evolving into something beautifully evocative. Just as you drift under its spell “The Power Of 3” arrives cloaked in theatrical, cinematic themes. It melts into “The Rule of 3’s” which is a huge multi-textured masterpiece. Through it they explore the number via the pyramids and their “sweet triangular beauty” all of which seems totally appropriate for the bands third album.
“Gone In The Blink Of An Eye” explores how fragile the life that we often take for granted is. It is flavoured with more of Peter Raidals soothing sax and Mark Trueack’s characteristically excellent vocals.
However good Artificial has been so far they somehow go a step further with the magnificent closing piece “The Great Reward.” This ends the album with a message of uplifting hope that taps into many of our own personal spiritual searches. It’s moving, majestic, climactic, and quite exceptional.
Let the album run for a hidden reprise and I guarantee you will be left staring into space as you hit replay again.
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