Artist/ Band: Little Atlas
Title: Wanderlust
Label: ProgRock Records
Year of Release: 2005
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The Review:

I must admit I was looking forward to hearing this new cd by Little Atlas because I enjoyed their previous effort so much. I wasnít however, putting big expectations on it, in case of a let down. Boy was I blown out of the water. Little Atlas surpassed their previous release Surface Serene with an even better album, Wanderlust. Not saying Surface Serene was bad, just that the band got better with everything across the board with longer songs, more symphonic edges and some rocking guitar sounds. Unlike most modern prog bands, Little Atlas keeps a classic rock sound as the core of their style. From the opening song to the closer, the listener (at least myself) is riveted to their seats with a flowing work of art.

Wanderlust is one of my all time favorite albums that gets so many repeated listens that itís hard to get any other CD into my playing cycle. For a reviewer thatís not a good thing but for an average music fan, itís the sign of a great album. Thereís not another album that comes to mind that I can listen to it all the way through in one sitting without drifting out of listening mode.

Do I have any favorites songs? Yes, I do.... all of them!! But it I had to choose, it would be the 10-minute "The Prisoner" and ďHomeĒ. Those two songs sum up the style of Wanderlust. By watching the cd-rom video you can see the band is not just a studio wonder, they have honed their craft with a on-stage presence. I envy those that have seen Little Atlas live, maybe one day some promoter for a progressive rock festival in Southern California would bring them out west.

This is by far one of the best albums of 2005 and I canít recommend it enough to fanís of song based progressive and classic rock. Go get a copy today. Youíre ears will thank you ten fold!

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on June 30th, 2005

Tracks:

1. The Ballad of Eddie Wanderlust
2. Higher
3. Weariness Rides
4. The Prisoner
5. Home
6. On And On
7. Mirror of Life

Bonus Enhanced Content,
including a live performance of On And On

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