CD: Ars Musica Diffundere AMD009 
Last Summers Rose
Where is the Paradise
Never Ending Lie
When Darkness Falls
In Her Arms
* Data track/MPEG Video 'Of the Golden Future Time' live
is Novalis' second full-length studio album and a welcome repose to their
first album, "Last Year's Calling", building on the stylistic
elements of folk previously established.
It is hard to shake the Death in June comparative mantle, the crystalline
acoustic guitar rhythms buoyed on frugal use of horns and synths, yet
Novalis prove with conviction their mastery in that well trodden path.
The production quality is pristine, faultless. Sparse tracks hook the
listener with the jangle and emotive vocals to then swell anthem-like
to the backing of crisp percussion, smooth full bass, and choir and orchestral
strings. The German duo can't quite shake that foreign twang to the English-lyrics
yet they evince passionate pleas and sensate contemplation with every
track without fail. The album's music tends to digital programming a little
in some tracks but despite that careful composition is diligently applied
and nurtured throughout. Instrumentation remains consistent through each
track but Novalis skillfully segue chordal progression and rhythmic dissimilarities
with a subtlety that unfolds only with repeated listening. While there
are not quite as memorable tracks like 'Courage', 'What If?'
and 'Of the Golden Future Time' from their first album "Paradise...?"
is a worthy heir apparent.
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