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Lyrian: The Jester’s Quest In The City Of Glass album review

Album Review

Are Lyrian foolish knaves or wise fools?

“A prog band with three librarians and a drummer”. It sounds like the beginning of a joke. Well, welcome to Lyrian. On one level, this is a convoluted travelogue, with the titular Jester on a journey bursting with imagination, symbols, allegory and archetypes – a quirky, proggy Wizard Of Oz narrative set to a sprawling, whimsical soundtrack with spoken word segments and cheesy sound effects. And yet, within the musical whimsy, there is both power and a delicate touch, real light and shade, and all manner of ideas bouncing around with references to early Genesis, Handel and TV theme tunes.

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