CD Title: Lies and Butterflies
Label: Unicorn Digital (2018)
Rating: Symphonic Prog of the highest order Ė Best of 2018 material
Itís hard to believe this is only the seventh official studio album for Mystery, one of Canadaís preeminent symphonic Progressive Rock bands. But what an album this is. Entitled Lies and Butterflies it is once again masterminded by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Michel St-Pere and features the current line-up consisting of Jean Pageau (lead vocals, flute, keyboards), Francois Fournier (bass, keyboards, Jean- Sebastien Goyette (drums), Sylvain Moineau (guitars, keyboards) and Antoine Michaud (keyboards). Consisting of seven compositions bookended by fifteen minute epics this is symphonic prog of the highest order. All the musical elements are here, long songs, musical changes, extended solos from guitars and keyboards, instrumental interplay, panoramic ascending and descending lines of music, grand swells of musical flourishes and stunning climaxes, everything, itís all here. Itís the kind of music that begs to be listened too over and over again. As I said before this is a band thatís really found its musical identity in the world of Progressive Rock music. And just when you think youíve heard them at their best they take it to yet another level incorporating recurring melodic themes and layer upon layer of dramatic orchestration. I thought their last studio album was great and here on Lies and Butterflies theyíve out done themselves yet again. What can I say, Iím a blushing fan of Mystery and this new release has already landed a spot on my ďfavorites of 2018Ē list. Highly recommended to all symphonic prog fans.