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CD review THE GENTLE STORM "The diary"

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2015 von Markus W. in The Gentle Storm, Arjen Lucassen, Anneke van Giersbergen, Prog Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(9/10) When two of Hollands best musicians team-up the result can only be something outstanding. And this happened when multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen and vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen decided to create a fantastic new album called "The diary".

Both musicians know each other already since quite a while. The first cooperation took please many years ago. It was in 1998 when the "Into the electric castle" from Ayreon was released and the same thing happened again ten years later for "01011001". 

Their new project is called The Gentle Storm. "The diary" is the name of the longplayer, that is actually a double CD. Both CDs contain the same songs, just differently arranged. The first disc is called 'storm version' and comes with the more powerful arrangements, while CD 2 is the 'gentle version'. And names are self-explaining. 

"The diary" is a concept album. It is build on a story of a sailor that starts a two years journey, leaving his wife back in Holland. Since the story takes place in the seventeenth century the only way to keep contact was sending letters. It's those writings that are the center of the story.

The songs are all brilliant. It's not metal and it's not prog. It is soulful rock music that, if you close your eyes, starts a movie about the two protagonists. Both CD's are mainly acoustic and Lucassen experimented with a lot of different acoustic instruments - around 40 in total. This includes also orchestrated parts that add another moment of tension to each song. The same goes for the embedded folk elements with string sections which are spot-on.

Tunes like the melodic "Shores of Inda" or the outstanding "Haert of Amsterdam" are musical pearls that offer so many details that you can listen to them again and again and again. The 'heaviest' track on the album is probabaly "The storm". Of course, a song with such a title can't be a ballad. It comes with a quite dynamic guitar and the tune spreads a gloomy atmosphere. 

It took a year to make this longplayer and it was very well invested time. The result is  a marvelous sonic journey into a moment long ago. 

I can recommend this diverse and intense album. This is music on a very high level that you should not miss.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1: (Storm version)

  1. Endless sea
  2. Heart of Amsterdam
  3. The greatest love
  4. Shores of India
  5. Cape of storms
  6. The moment
  7. The storm
  8. Eyes of Michiel
  9. Brightest light
  10. New horizons
  11. Epilogue: The final entry

CD 2: (Gentle version)

  1. Endless sea
  2. Heart of Amsterdam
  3. The greatest love
  4. Shores of India
  5. Cape of storms
  6. The moment
  7. The storm
  8. Eyes of Michiel
  9. Brightest light
  10. New horizons
  11. Epilogue: The final entry

 

Label: InsideOut Records

Genre: Rock

CD review THE GENTLE STORM "The diary"