Author Eugene O'Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive homelife, fused by a drug-addicted mother, a father who wallows in drink after realizing he is no longer a famous actor and an older brother who is emotionally unstable and a misfit. The family is reflected by the youngest son, who is a sensitive and aspiring writer.
Understated stalwarts Novembers Doom return for a seventh lesson in classy execution of doom/death metal, and by the sounds of things are still feeling empowered.
With an awesome production showcasing their powerful song-writing, Paul Kuhr is again pushed high in the mix to showcase his usually thought-provoking lyrics, strong vocal range and versatility.
They’ve never quite reached the heights of some of their contemporaries, but their style is certainly nothing to sniff at, and their latest release is another example of the quality in their ranks, and will only cement their status as one of the leading lights in their field.
Stephen Paulus was an astonishingly prolific fixture of the American music scene, with some 600 works to his credit. His sudden death in 2014 left classical music—particularly the worlds of opera and choral music—significantly the poorer, so it’s inevitable that we should see his legacy memorialised with new additions to the catalogue. Royal Holloway’s ‘Calm on the Listening Ear of Night’ sets Paulus’s music in dialogue with another Midwestern composer, René Clausen. It’s Clausen whose musical personality emerges most strongly here in these precise performances. His works offer a distinctively American spin on the fashionable Baltic sound world of Ešenvalds and Vasks that is as appealing as it is generous. In pace, which opens the disc, offers eight minutes of lushly filmic excess.