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CD REVIEW: Neil Thomas - A Century of Lullabies
By Ivan Nossa - 11/20/2010 - 11:15 AM EST

Artist: Neil Thomas
Album: A Century of Lullabies
Genre: Folk/Rock/Power Pop
Sounds Like: Pink Floyd, Eagles
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Beautiful decay, A century of lullabies
Weakness: The commercial side
CD Review: Neil Thomas is a songwriter and music producer who comes from the North of England. This is his second independent album. It took him a lot of time and work, nearly two years. You can actually feel all this work in this album.

The songwriting is unique and the production is extremely accurate. The arrangements are very rich in style and variety. They really add a sense of mysticism to the entire album. Sometimes it is incredible how rich they are, there is a beautiful female voice, an impressive violin, some stunning rock classic guitars. There is also a dark side to this cd made of mystery and dark tales. We can hear voices, winds, chains, crows and all sort of intriguing sounds. His songs are like stories to tell and to listen to.

The voice is not his strongest point but he uses it in such a warm way that it is entrancing for the listener into a state of ultimate apic rock.

The lyrics are very good, some really top quality. They are visionary, they tell stories, and often have the rare ability of taking you far away and make you travel with the song. “Children of the Shoah” is touching and tells the story of forgotten children showing Neil strong attention to humankind “they come to gather round us like moths towards the light, we seem to sense their history but can we understand their plight?"”.

The artwork of the booklet is one of the best I have ever seen, with a beautiful picture for every story.

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