sananda maitreya

Prometheus & Pan­dora

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You’ll recog­nise the re­turn­ing voice, if not the new name.

The Artist For­merly Known As Ter­ence Trent D’Arby con­tin­ues to dis­play the qual­i­ties that 30 years ago pro­pelled his de­but al­bum to 12 mil­lion sales, along­side the wil­ful in­dul­gences that limited its fol­low-up to just two mil­lion.

The three-CD Prometheus & Pan­dora was writ­ten, played and pro­duced by Maitrey/ D’Arby, who brings his own take on two an­cient Greek ti­tans in his own inim­itable style(s). It is by turns provoca­tive, idio­syn­cratic, soul­ful, il­lu­mi­nat­ing, ob­scure, hu­mor­ous and frus­trat­ing. His sub­lime ‘son of Ste­vie Won­der’ voice car­ries all but the most lu­di­crous of his lin­guis­tic gym­nas­tics.

But it is long and com­plex to fol­low. It could have been con­densed into a sin­gle CD for clar­ity and fo­cus, but that was never go­ing to hap­pen.

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