Lana Lane - Curious Goods

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edited August 1 in year-1996

Very difficult to pigeon hole this album, as it ebbs and flows, surges and stutters, and swells from quiet to loud, you definitely have to set time aside to listen to this album closely.

Lana Lane - Curious Goods
ARTIST: Lana Lane
ALBUM: Curious Goods
LABEL: Belle Antique (Japan)
SERIAL: 96298
YEAR: 1996
CD REISSUE: 2002, Avalon (Japan), MICP-10299

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA Flag
LINEUP: Lana Lane - vocals * Neil Citron - guitars * Erik Nordlander - keyboards, synthesizers * Tony Franklin - bass * Tommy Amato - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Curious Goods Part One * 02 Emerald City * 03 Eschers Staircase * 04 Heart Of Dawn * 05 Take A Breath * 06 Reverie * 07 Satyr's Moon * 08 Symphony Of Angels (Arias And Fables) * 09 Two Can Play At That Game * 10 Voices * 11 Do It Again (Bonus Track) * 12 Curious Goods Part Two * 13 Clouds

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Background

Lana Lane is the undisputed queen of the symphonic/progressive rock genre. Getting ample support from the musicians listed above, her music is now starting to generate interest from crossover audiences, who see her as the prog equivalent of Ann Wilson (Heart). However, it's not all one way traffic in the talent stakes here, as the band is pretty awesome too, primarily keyboard genius and producer Erik Nordlander.

Very difficult to pigeon hole this album, as it ebbs and flows, surges and stutters, and swells from quiet to loud. You definitely have to set time aside to listen to this album closely. It's not one of those throwaway efforts you can gladly consume with little consideration for quality and goodness.

The Songs

Opening the door to the album (with doorbell sounds in attendance) is 'Curious Goods Part One', which leads us through the gate into 'Emerald City', where we are greeted with an ambient synth after which a cool guitar riff blazes through the rest of the song.

Moving through the rest of the house, we wander up the interestingly named 'Escher's Staircase' which is an excellent track. Check out the awesome keyboard solo which would give Thread's Vince DiCola a run for his money. The lyrics on this one are also an interesting challenge.

Onto 'Heart Of Dawn' which is the prelude to the superb 'Take A Breath', where the breathy flute patches on Nordlanders synths literally mimic the song-title. 'Reverie' is a grandiose piece, where Lana sings in a jazz style, where you can envisage a smoke filled bar/club. We also get a cover of Steely Dan's 'Do It Again', albeit, a beefed up version with heavy handed synth runs. This is the bonus track too (Japan).

Another cover is the Bread song 'Clouds'. I'm sure David Gates would perk his ears up at this one. Another highlight includes the change-up moments of 'Symphony Of Angels (Arias And Fables)', definitely a song of contrasts, and more in keeping as a pure hard rock song.

In Summary

One thing that is noticeable is the sound which at times has a full but flat sound to it, then on other occasions we move into ambient territory. As for quality, there's no complaints, while the quantity is just as abundant, with close on 71 minutes of listening time.

As I said, its an album you will need to spend some time with, because there's plenty of it, but I'm sure you'll get something out of it at the end of the day. By the way, who is that guy chuckling all the way through the album?


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