It’s been a long but extremely worthwhile wait. At last we have the new album from Karnataka, a band now totally ensconced and at home with their new line-up – one that has knitted together perfectly.

In Lisa Fury the band has a very, very special voice. She creates a luminescent atmosphere and has to be compared with both Julianne Regan and Judie Tzuke at their best.

Surrounded by some superb musicians and led by founding member Ian Jones on bass this is a ‘must have’ album for anyone with a love of good rock music. Troy Donockley adds moody highs and helps introduce the album opener The Calling with his Uillean pipes.

There’s more assistance too from Hugh McDowell on cello and a string quartet. While comparisons with All About Eve will undoubtedly bubble up, listen out for a classic Yes type moment on State Of Grace and while comparisons abound (Tzuke on Moment In Time and Marillion on Serpent And The Sea) this is Karnataka bringing all their influences to the party and stamping their mark upon them.

Enrico pinna plays some amazing guitar throughout and especially on Tide To Fall (special mention to some stirring percussion here from Ian Harris). Much magic dust is applied by Spain’s finest, Gonzalo Carrera, with keyboards to match the mood, especially on the title track where Donockley again sets the mood. Brilliant and a worthy album of the year! Martin Hudson