Iluvatar - Children

Year of Release: 1995
Label: Kinesis
Catalog Number: KDCD 1016
Format: CD
Total Time: 57:21:00

It won't surprise anyone for me to say that I like Iluvatar and the brand of progressive that they make. Yes, their sound could be summed up by suggesting this scenario: Jon Anderson doing Phil Collins fronting Marillion circa 1991. Although the acoustic based intro to the opening track "Haze" will recall Marillion's Afraid of Sunlight, most of this album harks back to the groove of Holidays In Eden.

However, that cheekily offered summation leaves out the fact that Iluvatar do throw their own style into this mix. This quintet have crafted listenable, memorable, melodic neo-progressive rock. Since these are supposed to be short takes, I won't delve too deeply into the content of Children, but I highly recommend it, along with their self-titled debut.

The arrangements shimmer, are crisp, and spritely. Iluvatar have a style and sound that makes you give pause, aiming for something more than just melodic background music.

[Ah, maybe someday I'll write a fuller review -SS Aug '05]

Haze (6:43) / In Our Lives (6:35) / Given Away (6:39) / Late Of Conscience (8:56) / Cracker (5:59) / Eye Next To Glass (4:56) / Your Darkest Hour (5:04) / The Final Stroke (12:29)

Gary Chambers - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Glenn McLaughlin - lead vocals, percussion
Dean Morekas - bass, backing vocals
Dennis Mullin - guitars
Jim Rezek - keyboards

Iluvatar (1993)
Children (1995)
Sideshow (1997)
A Story Three Days Wide (1999)

Genre: Neo Prog

Origin US

Added: July 25th 1999
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
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Language: english


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