Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music.
A pleasure that I have with many classic albums is to separate by tracks when it comes to LP (especially progressive genre). It is the case of some classics such example Rush and their "2112" or Rick Wakeman and "Journey to the Center of the Earth". Today is turn to "Thick as a Brick", that I have divided each face in 7 songs (perfect fit).
Essential is a beautifully remastered 16-track overview of singer and songwriter Kim Carnes' eight years with EMI. Though she recorded two fine albums for A&M before, and a number of solid if underappreciated offerings for a number of labels after, Ms. Carnes is best known for the seven records she made for EMI between 1979 and 1986. Of course, her biggest hits are here: the ubiquitous pop classic "Bette Davis Eyes," "Cry Like a Baby," and "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" (in duet with Kenny Rogers). But deeper than this are lesser-known but nonetheless excellent songs such as "I'd Lie to You for Your Love," "Abadabadango," "I Pretend," "Chain Letter," and the Faces-esque "It Hurts So Bad," all of them done in an nearly astonishing range of subgenres of rock and pop.
Pino and Wildjamin align themselves with FAX's direction of veering away from heavy synth based trance to slower more melodic and rather original electronica. Picking up from them last track of Xangadix, the remarkably warm and emotive pieces set The MS-Series apart from the duo's other works as their most essential. "Monochill" and "Voltage Control" are rich examples of how ambient and trance are combined to transcend what either of the two genres are capable of.