Next station is the title of the 2nd studio album from the Italian composer and musician Marco De Angelis, which comes 4 years after the release of the The River, his 1st studio effort. And, what a sophomore release this one!
A few days ago, I had an interview with Marco and he told me that he considers Next Station as the continuation of the The River, thematically at least.
To my ears, both albums share common ground but, on the other hand, are much different.
First of all, Next Station includes only 6 songs, with 2 of them being over 10 minutes long while the The River’s longest track was 9 minutes long.
Another important fact is that, Next Station sounds more mature and more “free” in style, mixing influences from many different music styles.
Yet, this time, the influences are not as clear as before.
There were some songs included in the The River that, from the first listening experience, sounded similar with bands like Marillion or Pink Floyd, for example.
In Next Station there is not such a thing.
The sound and style became more personal and this is a good thing without a doubt.
For the needs of recordings, Marco worked with some very good singers who should be mentioned.
I don’t know if the names Nad Sylvan, Robbie Wyckoff and Göran Edman mean anything to you but all of them are excellent singers who, during their career, worked with some big artists/bands like Roger Waters, Steve Hackett, Yngwie Malmsteen and Karmakanic, to name a few.
As for the instruments, Marco plays almost everything by himself with the drums being the only exception.
Speaking for myself, I consider Next Station as a step forward in comparison with the The River, in almost everything.
This is a serious and well-made piece of work. Give it a try!
For more info, visit: www.nextstation.it
My rating is 4.0 (out of 5.0) stars.