Artist: Luna Achiary
CD: More Human than God
This is such a complex, amazing and dramatic album what else can I say? More Human than God by Luna Achiary is more than amazing and dramatic, it’s also extremely suspenseful and somewhat theatrically. It has a very quirky-dark quality to it as well.
The intro track “Mistress” gives you the impression as if you were in some noir, Hitchcockian themed movie. The really dark, yet emotional charged vocal/guitar/synth combination in the middle of the song almost leaves you breathless. The music is also reminiscent of acts such as Patty Griffin, Patty Larkin, Mindy Smith and even Nanci Griffith. Luna Achiary has a strong tonality foundation combining mesmerizing peak and valley rhythms, hypnotic piano/guitar and spaced out goodness.
The vocals from Achiary are interesting and beyond impressive. If these tracks were more rocked out I could hear maybe Evanescence, Amy Lee, Within Temptation and even We are the Fallen especially on track like “Guilty” and Under the Leaf”. How crazy is that? What’s more, without a doubt, it’s impossible to deny the superiority of this band backing her up. It’s epically, quirky and wildly unpredictable. At times you almost get this feeling as if you are in a funny nightmare. The drums and the bass lines just help push the album forward, and the vibe, if you pay attention carefully, has a really odd, mysterious, X-File sort of vibe to it.
As the CD evolves it showcases some dramatic combination like rock, goth rock and some slight Electonica overtones. On many these tracks there is a distinct mood assigned to each piece that will take you on a whirlwind musical adventure. In conclusion, here’s a CD release I’ve been dying to get my hands on. I was unable to stumble across her until today. Did I mention it’s also very subliminal, and a grand concept that’s sure to get many peoples attention.
From the production level, to the musicianship involved, “More Human Than God” delivers in grand fashion. Let’s also give credit to the real talent behind all this shall? Luna Achiary’s superlative signature sound via her trademark look and persona work terrifically well. “More Human than God “ will keep you in a state of wonder from start to finish.
Rating 8/10 Stars
by Tabitha Black. Edited by Heather Savage
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