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Light, The - 1995 On A New Horizon

ARTIST: Light, The
ALBUM: On A New Horizon
LABEL: Aquarian Records
YEAR: 1995


LINEUP: David Downum - vocals * Michael Matler - guitar * John Sposnler - keyboards, vocals * Ken Balagna - bass, vocals * Larry Sipes - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Under The Midnight Sun * 02 Rise To Freedom * 03 Said The Spider * 04 I'm On The Outside * 05 Dance Of The Unicorns * 06 The Pleasure Field * 07 Place I Belong * 08 Here's To The World * 09 When We Were Young * 10 Journey Home

At some point in one's life, you will inevitably be asked the question.. 'have you ever seen the light?' Whether it be your Mom or Dad, a cheeky girlfriend, perhaps even your boss.. Well, I can testify that after listening to this album, your answer would be yes. And in a strange bit of irony, Californian based prog rockers The Light would definitely say that Yes enabled the band to indeed - see the light.. as it were! Releasing this album during the mid 90's, where prog rock experienced a bit of a rebirth, The Light saw fit to bundle 'On A New Horizon' on the label of band founder/leader - bassist Ken Balagna - Aquarian Records. The band have been around since 1980, though with shifting personnel changes. Fusing traditional old school prog such as Yes, Kansas, E.L.P and Genesis with more commercial strains of the genre (Asia, Morningstar), The Light try to keep things simple in a genre that can sometimes be as complex as the night time behavior of Britney Spears!

The Songs
The album gets underway with 'Under The Midnight Sun' which fuses modern sequencing with a Yes styled arrangement, incorporating Starcastle like harmony vocals on the chorus. 'Rise To Freedom' allows guitarist Michael Matler to explore Steve Howe like passages throughout, despite the change-up arrangement alternating between standard 70's prog and a marching band progression. Musically, 'Said The Spider' operates in a more modern context, as does 'I'm On The Outside', with the latter touching the fringe of AOR. 'Dance Of The Unicorns' is a beautifully orchestrated piece in the mould of early Genesis though with a modern production touch. 'The Pleasure Field' with a happy and bright sounding chorus hovers above the dense progressive infrastructure that seem to be permeate the genre, whereas 'Place I Belong' strips the sound right back to a basic rhythm section and piano. The gentle weaving arrangement keeps things simple. Rocking out with a bit more aggression is 'Here's To The World', played out in a AOR/prog crossover a la World Trade and other like-minded bands. 'When We Were Young' takes us back to the innocent days of our childhood through the course of prog infused slide show. The band finish up with the eight minute carnival like atmosphere of 'Journey Home' which segues into a pot pourri of prog styles - seeing us out to the end..

In Summary
The band received numerous reviews back in 1995, to positive acclaim. Not long after, Larry Sipes left the band to be replaced by German drummer Eric Gugisch. The Light were also earmarked to release a second album 'The Willing Suspension Of Disbelief' during 1997, which at the time of writing this article (2008), had yet to see the 'light' (excuse the pun). For fans of any of the aforementioned bands, plus anyone who is a general follower of the prog scene, investigate this album with a bit more knowledge about The Light.

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#1 | Eric on July 13 2008 03:33:32
I have the demos for the 2nd album or at least part of it and with a female vocalist they sounded very good. I remember thinking back around '96 that The Light were the next Kansas/ Starcastle, but it was not to be...
#2 | jeffduran on July 14 2008 08:09:13
Great review George!
#3 | gdazegod on May 10 2015 11:47:26
Just heard from Ken Balagna, some new news on The Light is forthcoming.
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