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One of those albums you need to try before you buy.

The Skys are from Lithuania and that may represent an issue for some listeners, me included, because of the accented vocals of both Jonas Čiurlionis (guitar) and Božena Buinicka (keyboards). If you have a higher tolerance than me plus you have a liking for 'Division Bell' era Pink Floyd and Mostly Autumn, then you'll probably find more than enough to please you, as they sound rather like a Lithuanian version of the latter with some PF overtones.

I've not heard of them previously, but this is the band's fifth album in nearly 20 years with the line-up completed by Justinas Tamaševičius (bass) and Ilja Molodcov (drums), albeit there are a number of guest appearances from, amongst others, Dave Kilminster, Snowy White, Anne Marie Helder and Rob Townsend.

There's a certain retro feel to some of the music with an early seventies vibe coming through, not least when the sitar sound or organ are in play. Early The Moody Blues come to my mind in places. The sometimes sung/spoken vocal delivery is redolent of a combination of Dave Gilmour, Roger Waters and Fish, but I don't recall any of them being quite as clumsy lyrically as occurs here from time-to-time.

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'Broken Sounds Of Truth' has a refrain similar to that of 10CC's 'Rubber Bullets', albeit with some more modern riffing also in evidence. 'The Ancient Indian's Song' has the aforementioned sitar and other ethnic instruments, whilst 'Dreams' features some nice piano and mellow guitar work on the extended intro, but the song is crying out for a really good vocal delivery.

'Is This the Way?' has a male/female vocal arrangement giving it that MA feel and the following 'Love Of Life', after a fine guitar solo intro has the female vocals to the fore, she has the better voice but the accent is still distracting. Musically they're entertaining, but the vocals do let the side down. The sudden fade out of the very tasty guitar solo on 'One Saturday In The Spring' sounds decidedly amateurish.

I suspect you'll have got the picture by now and gathered that this is one of those albums you need to try before you buy.

Gary Marshall

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