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Valensia - 2017 Eden And The Second Serpent/The Secret Album

ARTIST: Valensia
ALBUM: Eden And The Second Serpent/The Secret Album
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Valensia all instruments * The drums may well be played by his brother David Clarkson

TRACK LISTING: Eden And The Second Serpent: 01 Blueprint Of The Gods * 02 Love Me To Leave Me * 03 Big Mistake * 04 I Believe * 05 An Artist Without A Stage * 06 Fly On Your Wall * 07 Keep Us Together * 08 Just So You Know * 09 One Day My Princess Will Come

The Secret Album: 01 The Family Man * 02 Something Sexual * 03 The Impossible Love * 04 The Maestro * 05 Whatever * 06 The Candle (Serpent Version) * 07 The Proposal * 08 Soaring Guitars * 09 You Can Cry Yourself * 10 Play The Game

WEBLINKS: | Valensia's Indiegogo Page

Aldous Byron Valensia Clarkson (or just plain Valensia to you and me) is one of those artists that seemingly divide opinion. One camp just not getting his overblown brand of pomp/melodic rock, and the other seemingly adoring everything he puts his name to. There appears to be no middle ground when it comes to Mr Clarkson. Me, well I fall into the latter category and simply love his work. from his brilliant debut album 'Gaia' in 1993 and even loving the much maligned 'Valensia III', that's the short title by the way as the full one would take up my word limit!!, he can do little or no wrong for me. These two albums come some 18 months+ after his seemingly farewell album 'Gaia III Aglaea Legacy' issued back in 2015. Successfully released via the now popular concept of crowd funding both these albums are available but only as downloads at present (see link for details of how to obtain both albums), and it would be nice to see them get a proper physical release at some point.

The Songs
Rather than being the overblown Queen like symphonies Valensia fans have been used to in the past both albums have a somewhat stripped back sound and relatively (for Valensia anyway!!) fairly straight forward arrangements, but saying that the songs are still full of delightful twists and turns that other bands would choke at! Valensia has never in the past been afraid to take inspiration from other artists and here it's no different either, Aerosmith and ABBA come to mind on occasions, but it still all stays perfectly Valensian. Particular album highlights being the seductive 'Something Sexual', the infectious 'You Can Cry Yourself' and the Latin/ABBA influenced 'Artist Without a Stage', although I could do without the rapping on this track and 'The Candle', the latter I suspect being a barbed attack on persons unknown. 'Soaring Guitars', an instrumental sees Valensia coming across as a mash up of Steve Vai and Steve Howe, and 'The Family Man' has a rather gritty Aerosmith groove to it. There is so much to enjoy here, all beautifully executed and played as is the case with all Valensia's music. Both are most welcome additions to an already impressive catalogue of works.

In Summary
Both albums are perfect examples of an artist who is content to plough his own furrow regardless of trends. In a just world Valensia would be a household name, but his music is at times just too damn quirky for the mainstream (one of the reasons I love it so much). These albums deserve to be heard rather than them gathering dust and hats off to his fans for raising the monies to get these out. I'd love the opportunity to interview Valensia as he seems quite an enigmatic character and I'm sure he has a story to tell. I expect both of these beauties to be sitting in my top 5 albums come the end of the year.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 26 2017 23:58:35
A very talented bloke, but I've never been able to get into his music. Might need to spend an hour in the lazy-boy with a set of headphones and a few of his albums.. music
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