|Kip Winger From The Moon To The Sun||Frontiers Records|
Kip Winger established his solo credibility with an astonishing debut album back in 1996.|
Thisconversationseemslikeadream was a left turn from Winger the band, which turned a number of heads and saw a more mature and reflective Kip Winger writing from the depths of his personal emotions.
It established Kip's solo sound, which he carried into his second album Songs From The Ocean Floor. That album was a little harder to get into, but still, the emotion and the complex melodies carried within further added to Kip's solo reputation.
The proper third solo album (if you leave acoustic releases aside) sees Kip experimenting further with his sound, creating not just an album, but an artist statement that rivals an orchestral film score for its musical scope and complexities.
Kip's solo work is not for everyone and this album is unlikely to convert any skeptics, but for those fans of the first two albums, this is along the same lines. I would describe From The Moon To The Sun as more of a mood release – it doesn't lend itself to being perfect for playing on any occasion – rather it demands playing at certain times. I find this album to be the mellowest of the three to date, but it really does take you on a journey should the mood fit.
Opening the album are two of the finest pop/rock songs you'll ever hear. Every Story Told and Nothing are intense and dramatic songs wrapped in layers of acoustic guitars and orchestral effects. These are two of my favourite Kip Winger songs ever – they really hit the spot.
Things turn more towards the more traditional acoustic ballad with the emotional Where Will You Go and Pages And Pages, which is one of those film score style tracks.
Unfortunately some of the good work of the opening half is undone at track 5 with a grinding 5 minute plus instrumental that is dominated by strings and piano. Like the soundtrack for a black and white film noir from the 30s, I think this tune kills the flow of the album completely and I now skip it each time. I would have closed the album with it.
In Your Eyes Another Life starts to get things back on track, albeit slowly. The slowly sung track matches the ultra slow tempo of Pages and the instrumental Ghosts, before finally lifting a little with a moody and dramatic chorus melody.
Runaway and California are more likeable acoustic driven dark pop songs and get the album fully back on track.
What We Are is another left turn, a kind of psychedelic 70s pop tune, followed by the slightly left of center One Big Game, dominated by vocal effects.
Why is another gem…a long passionate and moody ballad with some great effects and melodies.
Reason To Believe is a stripped back and effects filled pop rocker that could easily be heavier with the addition of electric guitars.
You can't go past the debut for brilliance, but there are a few new classics here too.
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