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Second Life Syndrome
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5 stars Wow! That is the first reaction I had to "The Human Connection" from prog rockers Saga. Not only do these guys have an awesome name and an affinity for cool covers, but they also know how to provide us with plenty of neo-prog goodness.

This album happens to be the only album without the original singer, Michael Sadler. That's just fine, as Rob Moratti has an incredible voice. Smooth, soaring, and powerful, Rob's voice is one of the driving forces behind this album. However, the music itself is a powerhouse, too. The combination of driving instrumental passages, delicious bass lines, pseudo-electronic keys, dynamic piano, and guitar riffs with a subtle crunch all come together to form an epic sound full of solos and beautiful melodies. Catchy chorus galore and rocking moments add a touch of reality to the music, but progginess is ever present, too. The bass guitar especially is fantastic, and I was pleasantly surprised by the technical ability shown on the drums.

Time is running out, my friends. That is kinda what this album is saying. The human experience is ever trapped in a downwards spiral of time. At the same time, stop worrying, as that is the way of the world. I found the concept to be rather solid, and lyrics also to be really well written. Song after song goes by, and every single one is strong. I think "Hands of Time", "A Number with a Name", and "Crown of Thorns" are all stand-outs. Yet, I think the offbeat, unexpected track "You Look Good to Me" is my favorite, as its stilted verses and the incredible instrumental passage near the end both addict my ears. I was really surprised by this album, and I can't seem to get away from it.

Second Life Syndrome | 5/5 |


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