I remember buying Lana Lane’s "Garden Of The Moon" album, her third, quite a while ago. I was very impressed and played it quite bit. Over the years I guess it gradually moved its way to back of the shelf and I haven’t played it for ages. So hearing Lana’s new album is a welcome re-introduction to her work, which is her new album after a 4 year hiatus.
Opening track, "A Dream Full Of Fire", I had labelled as a surprisingly calm affair which felt more like a mid-album track. In fact, listening back to it whilst writing this review, it has a bit more life than my initial impression would indicate, but I guess it just takes the 8 min song a while to get going. "We’ll Meet Again" is where the album seems to kick into gear with a track that shows the ‘progressive Heart" description that I remember from "Garden Of The Moon".
Not unsurprisingly the title track starts off with some Spanish guitar. This track has a brooding undertone which contributes to the feeling that the album is building a sense of anticipation. "Darkness Falls" has shades of light and dark with heavier guitars giving the ominous feel. "Hotels" is a ballad in which Lana dwells upon the life of travellers who spend a great deal of their time alone in hotels. Musically everything is fine, but I have to admit that my reaction to the lyrics is a desire to shout at the speakers "Oh stop moaning and get on with your life!".
The sense of anticipation that I mentioned earlier feels like it has reached a climax with the majestic "Believe". It chugs along very nicely and comes to life when Lana’s voice box enhanced vocals add an extra dimension. The retro sounding keyboards also contribute to this being a really great track. After this I guess there was no other choice but to have a change of pace with the up-tempo "Life Of The Party". In one sense I think this change of pace is necessary, but I just don’t think Lana suits this style, the result being a rather average sounding track. "Gone Are The Days" keeps things moving along thankfully raising the standard of the album back up again, with "Moon God", featuring a reappearance of the voice box, continuing to maintain things on a even keel.
When I said earlier that the album has the feel of building up to a climax and I mentioned "Believe", I got it wrong because the albums reaches its peak with the sublime "In Exile". The progressive/pomp elements which have only been hinted at so far are let fly on the intricate 11 minutes album closer. Lana’s voice is beautiful and clear, plus the play out which seems to go on forever never quite seems long enough.