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This is the third release from Lifesigns and their best yet, and that’s saying a lot. Their previous two albums were 4.5 Yakers here on Prog Charts, and they mature with each release. This album continues with their magical mix of prog dynamics and strong melody, but goes to even richer places than they’ve gone before. Of particular note is the solidifying of Dave Bainbridge on lead guitar. His guitar work really hits home throughout this album, particularly on Last One Home. You know those chills you get hearing Gilmour play in the crescendo of Comfortably Numb…yeah, it’s like that! …chills...
Lifesigns is one of the few remaining bands to not fully embrace the streaming services, but I highly encourage you to hit the WWW link below to either order the album or purchase the FLAC downloads. It’s worth every penny! Pick up their first two albums while you’re there as well, if you haven’t already. These guys don’t know how to make a bad album. It is a shame, however, that their lack of presence on Spotify, Apple Music, and the other streaming services, will limit their exposure to new fans. It’s sad some of these songs can’t be added to our playlists here at Prog Charts. This album, along with their previous release Cardington, were crowd funded, a testament to their appreciation by their fans. I’d like to think those same fans will still be there for them to pre- and post-purchase, even if they are on the streaming services. I know I will be! More people should know about John Young and this fantastic band.
If you’re not yet familiar with Lifesigns, you really need to be! This is the best album we’ve reviewed so far for 2021, and I’m sure we’ll see it in the top 5 by year’s end. 5 Yaks!
Mar 8, 2021
Gregarious • Last One Home • Ivory Tower • Altitude
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