"Pure gold as usual, and well worth
the wait. Bjorn has once again provided us with fabulous
texture, superb rhythmic themes and a moving overall effect
rarely experienced in similar works. Brilliant." -
Mark Lamb, UK
"Once again a brilliant album by
Bjorn. If you liked Colony then you'll love this. All the
Lynne trademarks are there. Highly recommended - buy it!"
- Tony, UK
"This CD, like many other
Bjorn Lynne releases, really is a pearl between pebbles.
It starts warm an atmospheric with some kind of wind blowing
in the background that creeps around your neck, taking you
on a journey full of adventure and unseen places. The beautiful
backside cover art of the CD (which unfortunately isn’t
visible here) seems to illustrate the feelings that I have
when listening to the opening track. At its end, no silence
interrupts the wonderful ambience but instead, exactly like
on the album “The Void”, the tracks melt into
each other. The journey doesn’t stop with a cut -
instead you experience a soft transition to another place.
The next track, Starfield, is definitely my favourite one.
It’s spacy, mysterious, slowly developing and the
part that starts at 2:16 simply makes me shiver and causes
the little hair on my arms to stand up. Fortunately, Bjorn
made this one freely downloadable for you to check out -
give it a try!
Just to shorten this review a little... the album is amazing!
It’s diverse, uplifting, interesting, electronic,
musically ambitious and technically brilliant! You can lie
in the dark with your headphones on and listen to it with
full attention or just play it in the background when your
friends are on a visit.
The style is a good mixture between synthetic instruments
and effects and acoustic elements, but still mainly electronic.
If you are almost exclusively into music solely played with
real instruments or into live recorded music, this CD might
not be the right choice for you. If you like Jean Michel
Jarre, Vangelis, Pink Floyd or simply the other CDs from
Bjorn Lynne like “Dreamstate”, “Revive”,
“The Void”, “Colony” or “The
Gods Awaken”, this is a must have album for you! In
my opinion, this one is some kind of a mixture between these
Bjorn Lynne CDs. It’s as original as “Dreamstate”
and “Revive”, has the atmosphere of “The
Void” and “Colony” and the brilliant sound
mixture and diversity of “The Gods Awaken”!
When I first saw the tracklist in the newsletters, I thought
that the last two tracks, remixes of preceding tracks, were
just gap filling stuff to extend the CD to the maximum playing
duration. But now I must revise this thought - they are
great, almost completely different songs with every right
to be on the CD! Especially the second one, “Over
Distant Shores - Ambient remix” gives a warm and atmospheric
ending and each time I feel a little sad when it finally
fades out - a perfect reason to play the CD again. :-) The
duration of the album is over 79 minutes and full of interesting
music - you simply can’t get more for your money.
Thanks for another masterpiece, Bjorn!" -
Andreas Benden, Germany
"Bjorn is back to his fave
progrock/electronica genre with this great CD that has been,
on and off, four years in the making. Truth be told, it's
not as energy-charged as The Void, it's actually more on
the ambient side of Colony. Still, Beneath Another Sky is
an awe-inspiring album that I can't recommend enough."
- Patrice Aubry, France
"Truely amazing. I've been
waiting for this album for sometime now. The name is only
a recent addition, as it's been a working project of Bjorn's
now ever since wrapping up the Colony album. While I enjoy
Bjorns ventures into other genres, such as the hip Statement
and soothing "Soothe" (parden the pun) I still
prefer his proggressive rock/electronica work purely because
it's unlike anything else out there. Sure, you can compare
it to Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Christopher Franke - But Bjorn
offers his own unique flavours in each and every album,
and it's those flavours that always bring me back to his
work. It never fails to take you to another world, and that's
something progrock & Bjorn does best."
- Pete Baker, UK
"BJORN LYNNE: Beneath Another Sky
The latest in a long line of synth albums from this electronic
musician whose work has been of a quite high consistency
for a long time, but not without its lapses along the way.
Which makes the fact that this is his most accomplished
album for a while, to be regarded as a welcome addition
to your listening pleasure.
Using an arsenal of synths, sequencers, electronic (or programmed)
drums and guitars, this is clearly a case of a musician
who has listened to and absorbed over thirty years of synth
and progressive music, and has created music that is most
definitely his own, while at the same time exhibiting a
lot of qualities from the last three decades of synth music
greats but at no time making it so obvious that you say
"that bit sounds like……." As a result,
you have here a twelve track, seventy nine minute album
that remains consistent throughout. Most tracks revolve
around an ocean of rhythms, often using beefy sequencer
lines or strong-sounding electronic drums, while on top
are layered string synths, lead synth melodies, flowing
lead synths and extra rhythmic additions to propel the tracks
to even greater heights. While full of tunes and melodies,
it's also full of feeling and atmosphere, with the rhythms
providing a backbone that keeps it all together while at
the same time not at any point diminishing the effect of
the lead work. Most of the tracks are completely addictive
and yet at the same time, strong and distinctive, so that
you can be into anything from Jarre and Vangelis through
Tangerine Dream and Pickford, to Oldfield and Pink Floyd,
and still get maximum enjoyment out of this wholly instrumental
and quite epic album." -
Andy Garibaldi, UK
"I have two words - FANTASTIC &
WOW. I'm glad I bought 2 copies!" -
Les Yerges, USA
"What a gob-smackingly GORGEOUS
musical set this is! Beautiful textures, well crafted hooks,
impeccable production, I love it! I am only half-way through
the album and I can tell already that this one is going
to spend a lot of time in the player. Excellent work!"
- Craig Shipley, USA