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Review of LIGHT FROM ORION by Steve Sheppard - page 2


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...... Here Kendle lures us in at full impulse, with gentle swirling synths and subtle keyboards, then back comes Abbott, with the glissando guitar and before you know it we are nearing Rigel, a home from home.

Rigel, the second brightest star in the constellation, is smooth and calm. You can literally imagine floating around in the many myriad layers of this blue supergiant. Abbott and Kendle combine to superb effect on this track and the two totally different instruments relate with the resonance of harmonious love.

As Rigel begins to fade away, our small craft enters the Stellar Nursery, the birth place of stars. In my opinion, and that of a lot of my listeners, this is the most stunning track on the album. Remember the “One man Cries” remark at the start of this review? Well, I have to be honest - every time I hear this piece, I well up. I think this is without doubt a legendary composition and will go down in history as one of the most beautiful pieces ever written and produced by Kevin Kendle.

Now excuse me a minute while I indulge myself on this track, but I think it deserves it! In fact, while I write this review, I have the album playing and I have just stopped to re-play it for the second time. I reach for the tissues as my eyes fill up with the beauty that my mind and ears are treated to.

Stellar Nursery is so moving and powerful I could easily meditate to 60 minutes of this track alone - it reaches the very heart and touches the tenderness and bountiful passion within us all. To be truthful, when this track finishes, I feel an amazingly powerful feeling of utter love and emotion. I feel hope and inspiration, and I feel that this should be in a soundtrack to a new sci-fi film….. NOW!

It’s a shame but we have to leave the warmth and love of the motherly Stellar Nursery; we hear the thrusters kick in and now synths and organ push us towards the Flame Nebula. It’s dark dust lanes remind us of a Flaming Tree, and here Kendle treats us to a deeper and more ethereal track. Once more the piece builds and flows like the eternal river of the Universal life force. Like Stellar Nursery, it is a spiritually emotive piece, but focuses on a different energy, and you can literally imagine traversing the nebula, winding your way delicately through those lanes of dark dust.

I love the organ at the end of Flame Nebula - so brilliantly conceived; it leads us gently into the second longest track on this wondrous album - Mintaka, another blue giant to the right of Orion’s belt. One feels Kendle is on familiar territory here with his early synth effects and the layered sounds that have been put to such great effect on his earlier albums.

Fond memories of Nightfall and Evening Star from Pure Dreaming spring to mind here. Mintaka has a real inter-dimensional feel to it, almost a portal to another place, a slow approach to another worm hole, but it’s calm and peaceful play is soon altered with the rumbling of the engines as they kick into warp one and then the album turns almost dark and mysterious!

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