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Artist:

Little Atlas

Album:

Wanderlust

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: ProgRock
Genre: [Progressive Rock/Art Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 9.0


Little Atlas is back with their third album titled as "Wanderlust". This time 'round Katsikas has written lyrics that are rather extensive - everything from political oppression and child abuse to alien abduction and existential philosophy is being covered on "Wanderlust". Compared to their previous album "Surface Serene" Little Atlas' music has evolved into new heights... their songwriting skills have matured, and the songs on this album are even more innovative than before. Unfortunately Little Atlas still tends to relapse into gimmickry a bit too often.

The music on this album is a mixture of melodic progressive rock and art rock... nonetheless, Little Atlas has also blended some other elements into their songs as well. As an example of the diversity to be found on this record, I'll mention the a cappella break in "Weariness Rides", the futuristic and heavy progressive rock section of "Higher" along with the soothing flute melodies (in the art rock vein) that can be heard on "Home". I'm not surprised at all that some have described Little Atlas' music as "music for musicians", since that's exactly what it is... however, I believe that also listeners other than musicians may find Little Atlas' music pleasant to listen to.

The sounds on this album are really good. Mixing was actually handled by the band members Rik Bigai and Steve Katsikas... the mastering, on the other hand, was handled by the renowned studio engineer Rodney Mills (Cheryl Crow, Doobie Brothers, Journey, Pearl Jam). In addition to the music, this album contains an enhanced bonus video section that contains a live performance of "On and on". Overall, this release is definitely a step forward for the guys of Little Atlas, and worth checking out in case you listen to art rock and progressive rock in the vein of Yes, early Genesis, Kansas, Proto-Kaw, Gentle Giant, Spock's Beard, Porcupine Tree and the like.

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- MAGE (June 3rd, 2005)




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LINE-UP:
Katsikas, Steve: Vocals, Keyboards
Bigai, Rik: Bass
Pocovi, Diego: Drums and Percussion
Strattman, Roy: Electric and ACoustic Guitars

Additional Musicians:
Ayasse, Bill: Violin on "Mirror of Life"
Sarmiento, Claudia: Cuatro on "Home"
Producer: Katsikas, Steve & Bigai, Rik
Mixing by: Bigai, Rik & Katsikas, Steve
Mastering by: Mills, Rodney
TRACKLIST:
Little Atlas - Wanderlust  CD  Cover Image
01. The Ballad of Eddie Wanderlust
02. Higher
03. Weariness Rides
04. The Prisoner
05. Home
06. On and on
07. Mirror of Life
08. Bonus Live Video of "On and on"

Length: 52:12 + the video
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