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Page, Martin - 1994 In The House Of Stone And Light

ARTIST: Page, Martin
ALBUM: In The House Of Stone And Light
LABEL: Polygram
SERIAL: 522 104-2
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Martin Page - lead vocals, background vocals, all bass, guitars, keyboards, programming

Guests: Jimmy Copley, Phil Collins, Trevor Thornton - drums * Robbie Robertson, Bill Dillon, Neil Taylor, Brian Fairweather, Jack Hues - guitars * Paul Joseph Moore, Jack Hues - keyboards * Brenda Russell, Geoffrey Oryema, Jack Hues - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 In The House Of Stone And Light * 02 Shape The Invisible * 03 I Was Made For You * 04 Keeper Of The Flame * 05 In My Room * 06 Monkey In Dreams * 07 Put On Your Red Dress * 08 Broken Stairway * 09 Light In Your Heart * 10 The Door


Previously known for his success as a songwriter/producer, Martin Page has seen fit to release an album of his own material. In the past he'd written number one hits such as 'These Dreams' for Heart, 'We Built This City' for Starship, and Go West's 'King of Wishful Thinking'. Originally from Southampton UK, Page has an eclectic taste for music, combining rhythmic elements, harmonies aplenty, and lyrics that drill into your consciousness. Many of his past colloborators turn up to play, Phil Collins, Robbie Robertson plus Blue Nile's Paul Joseph Moore and Tears For Fears duo Neil Taylor and Jimmy Copley. 'In The House Of Stone and Light', judging from the album title, appears to have feet in two camps - the old and the new. The former touching on styles from past musical eras, the latter reflecting on modern styles, a la Sting's solo material. The music has lush arrangements, which provide a sonic backdrop of ambience, allowing Page's musical and lyrical expressiveness to shine through.

The Songs
You'll get no complaint from me on tracks like the buoyant 'I Was Made For You', or the heart rendering warmth of 'Shape The Invisible', trying to find faith and fortitude among the angst of the Northern Ireland conflict. Similarly, the hidden pain of family abuse as played out over a simple arrangement on 'In My Room' is as contemplative as it is disturbing. The message written on 'The Door' harks back to Jewish survivors from WWII. In Martin's own words, 'The Door is a symbol of hope; triumph over insurmountable odds'. Elsewhere we get the classic 'boy meets girl' love story of 'Put On Your Red Dress', and the piano based ballad 'Broken Stairway'. Some highlights for me include the title track and the surging smooth melodrama of 'Light In Your Heart'.

In Summary
One comes away with the feeling that Martin Page has produced an album of intelligence not equalled by many in this genre. Overwhelming in it's presentation, and captivating in it's ability to attract the listener's attention. I'm sure that you too, will come away highly impressed.

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#1 | Jez on November 21 2008 18:07:23
'In My Room' is an absolutely brilliant song, very haunting - reminds me of Marc Jordan musically for some reason and is one of the many highpoints of this excellent album.
#2 | gerard on September 25 2012 13:04:34
Page released his third album 'Temper of peace' a few months ago. Songs are on YouTube.
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