ARTIST:

INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT

(BULGARIA)
TITLE:

LIFE MOTION

(2020)
LABEL:

GLASS ONYON

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, High-pitched vocals
"This fifth installment of the Intelligent Music Project's adventures disappoints, not by the quality of its interpretation but by a somewhat dull inspiration."
TONYB (04.02.2021)  
2/5
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Fifth episode of the adventures led by the multi-instrumentalist / producer / patron Milen Vrabevski under the collective name of Intelligent Music Project, "Life Motion" is presented as an album evoking "what moves things forward in life". Compared to the previous volume, Ronnie Romero (Rainbow) and Richard Grisman (River Hounds) succeed John Williams (Toto) and Carl Sentance (Nazareth) behind the mike, while John Payne (Asia) remains faithful to the post. And this change of performers is not insignificant as it will strongly influence the content of this new part.

Indeed, where "Sorcery Inside" offered us a strongly mixed (and softened) AOR of Toto and Asia, "Life Motion" turns out to be much more in tune and strongly marked by much sharper guitars. Then certainly, a track like 'Don't Let Them Win' evolves on the side of Asia, "Aura" period, but all eleven compositions are much more aggressive. This tendency is especially marked by the vocals, which some may describe as shrill, especially in the choruses where the goal of the game seems to be to blow your mind (and your ears). If this happens on one or two tracks, lassitude or even irritation eventually sets in, provoking for some the same rejection that was felt when listening to the GPS album - Window to the Soul, on which John Payne pushed his voice too much in the same way.

So you might say, let's fall back on the guitar melodies and solos that are usually the prerogative of productions of this style of music. As far as the instrumentalists are concerned, there is nothing to complain about and everyone will find something to their liking, including the drum soloist ('Rising'). On the other hand, as far as the melodies are concerned, we have to admit a slight disappointment, still in comparison with the previous opuses: the twelve tracks present less striking melodies, two of which are particularly strange ('Letting Me In', 'We Keep on Running').

Finally, this fifth installment of the Intelligent Music Project's adventures disappoints, not by the quality of its interpretation (in spite of reservations about the singers' style, but which some will no doubt appreciate), but by a somewhat dull inspiration. To be reviewed for the opus 6 announced for 2021?


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TRACK LISTING:
01. A Kind of Real Life (03:51)
02. Don't Let Them Win (03:49)
03. Where I Belong (04:25)
04. Letting Me In (03:35)
05. We Keep on Running (03:37)
06. By the Side of the Minute (03:59)
07. Run Away (03:37)
08. The Final Act (03:40)
09. Reflecting (04:39)
10. Every Time (04:04)
11. Rising (05:14)
12. The Things in Your Mind (05:21)

LINEUP:
Simon Phillips: Batterie
Bisser Ivanov: Guitares
Ivaylo Zvezdomirov: Basse
Ivo Stefanov: Claviers
John Payne: Chant
Milen Vrabevski: Claviers / Composition, Production
Richard Grisman: Chant
Ronnie Romero: Chant
   
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