Contractually LAKE OF TEARS still had to do one album for Black Mark Records and with "The Neonai" we now get the farewell album of this great formation. Not too much has changed on this CD, apart from it standing a bit closer to "A Crimson Cosmos" again.
The intro starts out like the beginning of JUDAS PRIEST's "Love Bites", just to, after a short keyboard-sequence, flow into the dance-floor-sweeper "Return Of Ravens", which shows big parallels to the classic "Devil's Diner". The same calibre is featured by the following "The Shadowshires": minimal, very catchy riffs, an underlaying, but never too pushing keyboard, great chorus.
Very good also the dreamy "Solitude", where you will be taken back to the hard reality of the terrestrial being in the choruses only. With "Sorcerers" we also get a very moody ballad (some might call it Kitsch), which is masterfully performed by guest vocalist Jennie Tebler. Really good also "Let Us Go As They Do", which sounds like a mix of "Boogie Bubble" and "The Four Strings Of Mourning" (both off "A Crimson Cosmos").
Not to forget "Down The Nile", which reminds me a bit of the DOORS in its calm parts and in the choruses lets loose almost frighteningly. And also the the sentimental outro, which is filled with quotes from old songs, does not make the farewell of this groundbreaking band any easier. (Online November 15, 2002)