"Untouchable Part 1" begins with acoustic guitar and voices which are in the pop rock ballad realm at first. But, with the other instruments joining their voices, it evolves beautifully, not in a complex way, more a soft lift of spirit gaining in strength. The voices are superb and the overall feeling made me think of 80's prog, a little Asia like (without synths), the finale is a bridge toward the next tune. "Untouchable Part 2" begins with the piano, like a pause from the previous tune, which offers a certain sadness (not in a depressing manner though). Once again, the high part is the singing, the duet guides us charmingly, still on a pop road, but a little more complex in its structure now. These two parts together makes a great love song. In "The Gathering of the Clouds" thunder roars, the ambiance is more intense, as are the voices arrangements. This is a real symphonic prog tune, which made me think of Italian prog 70's era, with the subtle structure and the violins. It is an introduction to the next song "Lightning song" is cast on the same unfolding and enchanted road, here the guitar and the general feeling are harder sounding at times, but like thunder never for long, the melodic parts dominate. "Sunlight" is another superb acoustic (sounding) beginning, a good rock ballad. Like many of the songs on this album we have the impression of travelling as it gains in intensity and forcefulness. Like a cloud in front of the sun, it brilliance fades slowly at the end. "The Storm Before the Calm" is probably the proggiest and longest piece on this album, with hints of more solid metal and rhythm. Well, this rocks more to my liking. The storm is really there, then sudden calm take quietly the stage, then those marvelous voices and the overall orchestration transport us in paradise lost (well, I get a little carried away...). My favorite on this album to say the least."The Beginning and the End" is in the universe of Dream Theater, which is a good and solid rock tune not far from prog. "The Lost Child" is a quiet and beautiful ballad, with a touch of sadness. The piano with the voices mix incredibly well, another pop success. It evolves like most tunes here, to a brief intensity to return to more lyrical notes, like a film score. "Internal Landscape" being the verbal account of the experience of a man who has lived a near dying experience; the atmosphere reminds me of Voyage 34 of Porcupine Three, but on a lighter plane. The narrator explained that words cannot convey the true nature of what he felt, so the band offered us their celestial interpretation. Not bad at all.
This is one of the best CDs so far this year, not as interesting as RPWL Beyond Man and Time or Lucassen The New Real, but surely in the top ten list. The voices, the melodic parts and the more rocking tunes are the highlights. A few reviewers even think it should be put among the best albums of all times. I will not go that far, but it surely is a very good work. For all amateurs of prog, you don't want to miss this one.