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  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Singularity Music
  • ASIN: B00006JLPG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Between Sunlight and Shadow is a 44-minute progressive epic divided into 15 distinct sections. The music and lyrics reflect the band's diverse influences, which include Marillion, Spock's Beard, Genesis, and many others.

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A few years ago when I got Singularity's first album, _Color of Space_, I thought I was one of the very few people who had ever heard of them. In my opinion their lack of notoriety cannot be attributed to poor music -- this band's debut was a fantastic prog rock album with an endless supply of grooves and great melodies. Now there is the band's second album, _Between Sunlight and Shadow_, is an ambitious 45-minute suite split up into 15 parts. Former bassist and singer Andy Goldhawk is gone, and perhaps the difference in sound is a corollary of his departure. On the other hand, the change could have been a conscious choice, since he is credited with writing a bunch of it anyway. Compared to the upbeat, hook-filled first album (sold here at Amazon, by the way...), this is far more pensive, layered, and subtle. Although I enjoyed the music immediately, I was slowly drawn into the album's real musical depth. I would call this album atmospheric progressive rock with an edge. I say progressive rock only because that feels right to me, but there are no cheesy "prog" keyboards or zany instrumental passages that might evoke something akin to the genre. Likewise, there is no ostentatious showmanship, as the band focuses their talents for texture and mood quite effectively. The album is somber but not really dark -- to me this is good since a lot of prog artists try to address quite serious subject matter but their music is almost cartoonish and it spoils the effect. Singularity meets no such problem. They are also exemplary composers, for the album is excellently written with thematic restatements and developments for unity and emotional attachment. --amazon.com

To me, the term space rock was reserved for Dark Side of the Moon and such; that album has to be added to the genre. Singularity is making a statement here in terms of intensity because this album has the right stuff to please your cosmic appetite. From the cover to the soaring Moog lines and thick guitar power riffs, this album is sending you to a chilling trip in outer space. The moods are alterning from tranquil to full bombastic, from soft acoustic guitar melody and then propulsing you full throttle without warning. If you like new bands kicking it old school, you will find lots of Camel (Moonmadness), Pink Floyd (vocals and Dark Side atmosphere), Rush (small bits sprinkled here and there) and some thick keyboard a la Le Orme, reminding me some intense passages of Felona and Sorona. Wow and wow, and wow again. Obscure band with balls, but intelligent enough to criss cross genres and emotions. Discover, please. --progarchives.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Collier on September 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Singularity is a progressive rock trio based in Boulder, Colorado. Their first release, "Color Of Space," showed a strong Rush influence and was quite accessible, with catchy melodies and a 16-minutes opus called "Lenses" that starts with an absolutely killer keyboard figure.
"Between Sunlight and Shadow" is a more mature, ambitious, and challenging affair -- one 43-minute piece broken into 15 movements, or sections, with a lot of twists and turns in the grand progressive rock tradition. Some sections are much harder-edged than anything on Singularity's first release.
With this release, I think Singularity (John Green - keyboards, Matt Zafiratos - guitars and bass, and Jamie McGregor - drums; all three members share vocal duties this time around) have begun to develop their own unique voice. A few sections are reminiscent of specific songs from other bands, but I never found myself thinking, "They sound just like x".
Throughout this CD, there is an excellent mix of loud and soft, fast and slow sections with recurring themes and musical ideas. The spotlight frequently passes from one instrument to another, but the solos always seem to serve the composition rather than one musician's ego. Other sections provide an opportunity for complex interplay among the players.
An amazing variety of keyboard and guitar sounds are scattered throughout this disc, and it's obvious that a lot of thought went into the composition and arrangement. Like the best progressive rock, it takes a few listens for the whole affair to sink into your brain, but once it does, it's likely to be stuck there for a very long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A few years ago when I got Singularity's first album, _Color of Space_, I thought I was one of the very few people who had ever heard of them. In my opinion their lack of notoriety cannot be attributed to poor music -- this band's debut was a fantastic prog rock album with an endless supply of grooves and great melodies. Now there is the band's second album, _Between Sunlight and Shadow_, is an ambitious 45-minute suite split up into 15 parts. Former bassist and singer Andy Goldhawk is gone, and perhaps the difference in sound is a corollary of his departure. On the other hand, the change could have been a conscious choice, since he is credited with writing a bunch of it anyway.
Compared to the upbeat, hook-filled first album (sold here at Amazon, by the way...), this is far more pensive, layered, and subtle. Although I enjoyed the music immediately, I was slowly drawn into the album's real musical depth. I would call this album atmospheric progressive rock with an edge. I say progressive rock only because that feels right to me, but there are no cheesy "prog" keyboards or zany instrumental passages that might evoke something akin to the genre. Likewise, there is no ostentatious showmanship, as the band focuses their talents for texture and mood quite effectively. The album is somber but not really dark -- to me this is good since a lot of prog artists try to address quite serious subject matter but their music is almost cartoonish and it spoils the effect. Singularity meets no such problem. They are also exemplary composers, for the album is excellently written with thematic restatements and developments for unity and emotional attachment.
From the first notes of the album's first movement, "Drive", I was hooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on March 31, 2008
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Singularity are a classic progressive rock band out of Colorado. I really like this album a lot. The material has a lot of subtle charms to it. It is a mellow affair for the most part, although the band do manage to rock out in some spots. The album is one long concept piece (running time 43 minutes) broken up into 15 sections. The music is somewhat Pink Floyd like, but it is difficult to compare these guys. They actually remind me a lot of the band Lands End in spots. This is the only album that I own by them and everytime I pull it out I think that I need to pick up some more of their stuff. There is nothing here that is going to blow the listener away and fans of more avant progressive rock will probably not did this, but if you like mainstream prog done very well you might want to check this album out.
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By todd on April 26, 2006
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Its somewhat heartening to see some Amazon regulars pull for the underdog here, but some of these reviews are essays in hyperbole.

About a year or so ago I came upon a recommendation for the first disc, The Colour of Space. I found it to be a good freshman album, with the usual prog trappings, and a sound that is derrivative of early '80s Rush, but nonetheless, a good first album. The musicianship was tight and the writing very competant in both lyrical content and structure, and the lead singer wasn't bad, but not great. After listening to the album off and on over the last year, I found myself really rooting for these guys, and I sort of had my hopes up for the second release; I was in for a let-down.

The second album retains the same level of writing and musicianship, but the first lead singer is bye-bye (had to move?), though he is mentioned in the credits as a contributing writer. As lack-luster as his vocals were on the first effort, he is sorely missed on this outing, which is a shame, because the music portion of this disc is particularly good. The album is a bit pretentious in that it is presented as one piece of contiguous music (43 min) and it isn't pulled off very well, sounding forced here and there. But there are some very good musical moments where this band seems like a focused, veteran group (I'd say for the most part). If the singing were on a par with the music, the rest of you would know who this group is already. But it isn't. And its not like these guys have voices you need to get used to, they just flat out suck. Two of them share vocal duties as well as play, and play well they do. They remind me of how a younger, raw Spock's Beard might have sounded a year prior to The Light. But Neal Morse sounds like frikkin Placido Domingo compared to these guys.
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