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Follow up to the 'Orphan Found' concept album.

 

Orphan Project, you might remember, made quite an impact when they released their last CD, a concept album called ‘Orphan Found’, which was some six years ago now. Fans lapped up the clever and subtle prog rock which the band played, leaving them wanting more. Well the long wait for some more Orphan Project music is now over (thank goodness) as the band have finally released their new album ‘Spooning Out The Sea’, and I can tell you with hand on heart that the wait has been more than worth it. ‘SOTS’ though is a different album in many respects from ‘Orphan Found’, which was, shall we say, a piece of music with a more upbeat message in it’s lyrics, a message of redemption both physical and spititual, and different also in the way the band told the story. ‘Spooning Out The Sea’ is a much heavier, darker, and in places bleaker, sounding album than ‘Orphan Found’, though I think it’s all the better because of those differences.

As the CD begins to play you immediately notice the subtle yet heavy riffs that ring out from the guitar of Shane McBride, and the deep resonant vocals of Shane Lankford, that join as one to squeeze as much emotion from each of the songs as is humanly possible. Also as the music plays take time to follow along with the lyrics contained in the cd booklet, because even though Orphan Project are a Christian rock band, the dark imagery that the words conjur up, is far removed from your usual praise the Lord stuff, that you get from many Christain rock acts. Maybe that’s why Orphan Project appeal to a much wider audience than most Christian bands seem to. Maybe it’s the way they use their music and words to make you think about things and not just glibbly, have you sit there singing along with the songs. Though for me whatever it is, Orphan Project with ‘Spooning Out The Sea’ have got everything just about right.

The music on this album, has as I said a dark side, and because of it’s Christian message may leave a few people feeling cold as to it’s merits. Please don’t let yourself be one of those few because ‘Spooning Out The Sea’ is one of the most clever and intelligent slices of melodic progressive rock that your likely to hear. It also has ten of the best songs I have had the pleasure of listening to this year, and will easily occupy a place in my top ten of 2009. Simply put if you like prog rock then your gonna like this, a lot.

Ian Johnson

 

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