Kitaro
The Light of the Spirit


5.0
classic

Review

by the artist formerly known as lakes USER (19 Reviews)
June 25th, 2011 | 42 replies | 6,147 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing short of a masterpiece.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

By the time he was recording The Light of the Spirit in 1987, Kitaro had already made a career out of excellence. While most of his previous albums were produced and recorded only by himself, Kitaro brought in Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead to co-produce The Light of the Spirit. While this seems like a strange match-up, the decision proved to be a wise one, because the result of these sessions ended up being his best work since his debut album nine years earlier.

If there's anything to be said about Kitaro, one must first point out the obvious; the man is a genius when it comes to composing melodies. Previously, Kitaro sometimes struggled to find a winning melody, but here, the struggle is gone, as he's always on the mark with a breathtaking, dramatic, or uplifting theme. Perhaps the best track here is "In the Beginning," which can only be described as jaw-dropping. It's easily one of the most triumphant moments Kitaro has ever created, a life-affirming, climactic, synth build-up only bolstered by the strings accompanying it.

In fact, there's no shortage of jaw-dropping moments on The Light of the Spirit. Wisely, some tracks still play to Kitaro's well-worn strengths and the typical stereotypes of New Age music such as "Moondance," which is still ingenious. Others, such as "Mysterious Encounter" and the title track merely use Kitaro's synthesizers as a backdrop to what the studio musicians are doing; blistering guitar solos (YES A KITARO GUITAR SOLO), wordless vocalizations, you name it. Thankfully, he still allows his synthesizers to create climaxes, though, which results in some blissful moments of euphoria.

On previous releases, Kitaro made his work seem effortless. Here, he's really pushing himself, and that's what makes The Light of the Spirit all the more brilliant; rather than allowing his work to stagnate, he went beyond his limits. While I'm sure the album would have been a success if he hadn't, it's exactly why lightning strikes yet again for Kitaro on The Light of the Spirit, re-affirming that he is indeed the musical genius he's been touted to be.

Recommended tracks:
"Mysterious Encounter"
"In the Beginning"
"Howling Thunder"



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cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm a fanboy but this really is pretty astounding.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7DVtdt6XY0

Listen and have your mind blown.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 25th 2011



4507 Comments


Sounds like something you'd hear for a nature program on VHS tape.

cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah it's actually quite compelling though

Zo0lz
June 25th 2011



107 Comments


Downloading this as we speak.

cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I almost pee'd my pants the first time I heard In the Beginning.

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess I better check this out too.

cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is actually 1000000x better than Astral Voyage, pizzamachine.

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's a lot of 0's, oh man, I'm really liking the first track.

cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah the first track rules but it only gets better from there

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So far it sounds like the soundtrack to a really epic RPG.

cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thus the recommended by reviewer.

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh haha I didn't notice that, nice.

cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

On another note, I shall continue to assert that this man is a genius.

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He sure knows his music.

cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And his RPGs. (apparently before they really existed)

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Btw, you're right about how the album gets better.

cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep.
How was 'In the Beginning', sufficiently mind-blowing?

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It wasn't my favorite tbh, but yeah it's great.

cinaedus
June 25th 2011



26297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what was the favorite, man?

i'll guess howling thunder.

pizzamachine
June 25th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think the self-titled song was my favorite, it just kept building.



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