Artist/ Band: Xinema
The CD opens with great keyboard work from Mikael Askemur that establishes the ethereal, soft AOR yet prog sound that I appreciate this band so much for. It then picks up when the forceful guitar riffs come in. The guitar work from Sven Larsson brings an excellent aggressive quality to almost every song on this album. Otherwise, the dynamics would definitely skew way too far to the easy & mellow. Kudos to Sven!
“Speak to the World” is the first prog-epic on the album and includes tracks #4-7. #4 & 6 are very short instrumentals that introduce and connect the two vocal tracks “Newton’s Cradle” and the title track “Basic Communication.” This opus is very good! I think I would have preferred this track as a whole, but that is little complaint for such a strong piece. I especially enjoy the incredible build on “Newton’s Cradle” that uses great drum fills (from occasional vocalist Jonas Thuren) and a toy piano sound to take itself to a wonderful guitar solo that shows you just how good this band is. The whole four track composition closes with a soaring guitar lead on “Basic Communication.”
The second epic “Ghost of a Memory” is not quite as strong as the first, despite more excellent musicianship from all three members of Xinema. However, it’s still quality prog with superior AOR and Neo leanings just as the entire album is. Basic Communication will appeal to any prog-fan who appreciates a strong melody and tight songwriting.
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