As some of you know, I'm a huge fan of Out of Silence which has become one of my favorite Neil-related albums and one of my favorite albums of all-time.
Thus, any new Neil-related album will face a tough comparison for me. That being said, I absolutely adore Lightsleeper. The new album is completely different than Silence.
Where Silence had "zero fat" with immaculately crafted songs full of hard earned wisdom and emotion, Lightsleeper delights with wonderful detours into sonic alleys that ring with ear delights and surprise the listener with each repeat visit.
While Silence existed in a raw, organic, unpolished world, Lightsleeper is a polished diamond of an album rich in studio artistry and beauty.
I can't even believe how amazed I am that Neil (along with Liam on this new album) has hit yet another massive creative peak some 40+ years into his amazing career.
It is a testament to Neil and all the Finns that they continue to follow their muse and allow it to lead them wherever it takes the music. The results are all the more powerful and we are so blessed that this "Finn process" has graced us with two masterpieces in Lightsleeper and Out of Silence.