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Cochrane has proven himself to be an innovative artist.

Canadian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Cochrane returns with his fifth album 'La La La: Variations On A Happy Song', a fifty seven minute song cycle that will certainly appeal to fans of early Genesis, Mike Oldfield, Anthony Phillips and Renaissance to name just a few. Heavily influenced by Rush back in the 80's, Cochrane has evolved into a crossover prog artist with his music still containing nods to the aforementioned, but also characterised by themes of New Age spirituality, resulting at times in a soothing and relaxed listening experience. Cochrane plays all of the instruments aside from drums and percussion, with several vocalists also featured throughout the suite that takes in nine seamlessly connected songs together with the obligatory overture and finale.

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Musically the whole piece ebbs and flows with the mood shifting from upbeat and vibrant with occasional forays into darker and thought provoking interludes that still maintain an uplifting message. Something of a virtuoso guitarist, Cochrane showcases his considerable skills with both aggressive electric bursts ('Just Clouds') alongside gentle, folk inspired acoustic flourishes ('Red Sky', 'A Song'). Deft finger work and dynamic fret board runs aside there are some stirring melodies, lush orchestration and rich arrangements throughout what is a remarkably well constructed piece that is more than worthy of that much overused description 'epic'. Vocally the clue is in the title, with much variation on simple 'la la la's' both at the forefront and in the background to accompany Cochrane's own voice, which takes its cue from both Peter Gabriel and Jon Anderson in being able to convey the message with suitable drama and emotion.

Cochrane has proven himself to be an innovative artist; someone I was previously unaware of, this latest album has more than done enough to ensure I won't be long in checking out his previous body of work.

Dean Pedley

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