Unicorn Records (UNCR-5090)
Released officially on the Unicorn digital website and on the Mystery website on August 10th 2012, and everywhere else on September 10th 2012. Presale available through August 9th, 2012.
Mystery returns with an brand new studio line-up featuring Michel St-Père on guitars and Keyboards, Benoit David on vocals, Antoine Fafard from the band Spaced Out on bass and additional acoustic guitars and drummer Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, Tears for Fear, Genesis).
This is also a new studio album for Benoit David who’s back from touring and recording 2 albums with legendary band Yes and his third studio album with Mystery
A Morning Rise - 1:18
2. Pride -11:28
3. Superstar -6:59
4. The Unwinding of Time -0:49
5. The World is a Game -7:57
6. Dear Someone -6:21
7. Time Goes By -6:04
8. Another Day -19:02
guitars and keyboards
bass and additional acoustic guitars
Mystery's latest album has got a lot of exposure since it came out a few weeks ago, this in part because of lead singer David Benoit's recent membership (and subsequent outing) in the iconic Prog band Yes.
The World is a Game is Mystery's third album with Benoit, the previous ones having been reviewed very positively on ProGGnosis. I consider it to be in continuity with it's two predecessors, so those that had enjoyed them will certainly not be disappointed with this new crop.
Don't expect anything sounding much like Yes's Fly from Here, except Benoit's singing that has gained in nuances since his tenure with the band. Musically, Mystery is very much Michel St-Père's project, and his kind of music is pretty much what most consider to be Symphonic Neo Prog (think IQ or Pallas for example).
If I compare The World is a Game with One Among the Living from 2010, I would say that the band's sound has gotten a bit more powerful, the production better and the compositions stronger. As for the performances, they were already of a very high level on previous albums and it is still the same here.
With The World is a Game Mystery shows us a band in full maturity and I consider them to be one of the two or three top acts worldwide in the current Neo Prog genre. My highest recommendation indeed.