Friday, May 29, 2015

Zen Carnival "Lucid Dreamer"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 2015 (CD), June 08, 2015 (digital)
  1. Elemental - 5:28
  2. Lucid Dreamer - 5:16
  3. Born Again - 4:21
  4. When She Cries - 5:36
  5. Medieval Suite - 4:05
  6. Mysterious Ways - 4:35
  7. Lullaby - 4:59
  8. Love Is the New Way - 3:58
Bill Denison: guitar, vocals, pedal steel
Michael James: keyboards
Chris Paglia: electric and upright bass
Ken Pfeifer: lead vocals, occasional keyboards
Carl Puglisi: drums, percussion
Bridget Murphy: soprano vocals

...though a long time has passed, Lucid Dreamer picks up where Bardo left off, carving out territory not too far from IZZ. The fusion-y instrumental work that appears in many songs is one of Zen Carnival’s trademarks, as they deftly incorporate it into a set of art-rock songs. A proggier Sting or Steely Dan may come to mind. The great instrumental Medieval Suite could be Dixie Dregs (minus the bluegrass), while Lullaby is the song that comes closest to later Marillion, with Ken Pfeifer sounding similar to Steve Hogarth here. If there is such a thing as adult contemporary prog, Lucid Dreamer should reach the top of that chart. (kinesiscd.com)
Elemental / Love Is the New Way

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