REVIEW: " Images of Forever "
Cannata has ennobled, with his stratospheric works, history of Album Oriented Rock. Arcangel's masterpiece is there, after more than twenty years, to demonstrate that. The great songwriter, after Arcangel era, continued his career as solo artist releasing a masterpiece that still today is unparalleled in the A.O.R. music with hi-tech flavour. We speak of "Images Of Forever", the second greatest gem that Jeff Cannata gave to the world of this beautiful music. Yes, because Images Of Forever is a concentrate of class, emotion, power which, in 1988, only a few samples could try to match (the Simon Chase all). After this album Cannata will release the excellent "Watching The World", another platter fully legendary but that failed to dispossess from the throne the untouchable "Images Of Forever", the absolute emperor of this style of music so intriguing.
The album, a real concentration of hi-tech music, is inaugurated by the sensational and spectacular "Fortune Teller", one of the greatest songs ever written by the artist, where the fantastic and futuristic atmosphere combine, in a sparkling mix, to those arrangements so precise of Scott Zito and Jay Johnson's guitars, whose touch is blatantly noticeable. Continue on the track of the most pure emotion of music with the wonderful "Hand In Hand" and the moving and epic "Sailing Ships" while with the two made up of "Break Away" (beautiful refrain) and "Middle Of The Night" (markedly Arcangel) you cross those delicate atmospheres typically in style "soundtrack from the 80s". The poignant keyboards of the never too praised Michael Soldan embroiders that great "musical fresco" entitled "The Sky Will Begin To Fall?" and then explode once again through the sublime arrangement of the following "Long Distance", the flavor almost anthem, solemn. The sublimation of a work absolutely perfect in every nuance comes through the technological and imperative gait of the superb title track "Images Of Forever", its refrain is so damn fascinating, Jeff's voice is once again beautiful. Perfection, absolute perfection. The disc is completed by the beautiful "Together" where resurgence seem distant echoes of more technology Rush. Fortunately this album has been reprinted recently. A chance to take home at a fair price, one of the greatest masterpieces in the history dell'AOR music.