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Album Review: 11:05 Revival
Mars Lasar
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11:05 Revival
Mars Lasar
2008 / Sound Manipulations Inc.
47 minutes
Review by Michael Debbage
The Eleventh Hour Series was born back in the year 1993 at a time when New Age instrumental music was at its peak of popularity. The first in the series featured the very popular track “Cellular City” that received significant radio airplay. Though the genre has since been almost wiped out, commercially speaking, Lasar continues to be one of the top dogs of instrumental music, consistently creating insightful and compelling music. Meanwhile, the Eleventh Hour Series resumes with Lasar’s latest musical smorgasbord of songs dedicated to the honor and fragility of Mother Earth.

With a total of eleven tracks, the album opens with the funky but brooding “Earthbound”, driven by a rhythmic bass, swirling keyboards and detailed percussive embellishments. Similar arrangements can be found on “Globalization”, though the melody and vocal chants bring a more significant level of optimism and inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, one of the album's most memorable arrangements can be found on the flowing mid-paced “Graceful Orbit” that showcases Mars Lasar’s ability to display his technical ability for detail without distracting from the gorgeous melody that will deeply bury itself into your memory bank. Close your eyes and let the magical musical experience and your imagination allow you to be transported to your own weightless space walk, floating in the vast starry sky above our wonderful earth.

Most of the remainder of the album centers around mid-tempo creations such as the unusual but compelling “Celestial Challenge” that includes an assortment of keyboard shenanigans, vocal chants and flirtatious flute work. Speaking of flirtatious, skip forward to the sultry, jazzy “By The Sea” featuring Cadence Spalding on vocals. For those of you who remember the movie "The Fabulous Baker Brothers," the song parallels the steamy scene of Michelle Pfeiffer’s red dress song performance on the piano.

In complete contrast, Lasar concludes the album with the stripped down tender “Evolution”, illustrating the artist’s ability to be comfortable in a multitude of musical skins. This element is one of many aspects that continue to keep the Eleventh Hour Series and the music of Mars Lasar intriguing, inspiring and so far removed from being insipid.
August 8, 2008
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