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TEN YEARS ON 1995 - 2005




3.38 | 25 ratings

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3 stars A Prog-rock compilation album. What's up with that?!

I'm usually now a fan of compilation albums as a "real fan" would always prefer to have all original studio albums rather than just some compilation disc. Usually it also tends to reek after some "cashing in" by the artist as many artist come up with some compilation albums when they are long lost and forgotten.

In this case I think the words written above would be untrue, since ARENA isn't long lost and forgotten, on the contrary! I personally really liked their last studio album Pepper's Ghost and I hope and would assume they will continue to produce records for many years to come. So why would a compilation album be fair? Well, I think there's only two good reasons for it. The 1st would be the commercial motive as already mentioned. The 2nd one would be a way for newcomers to ARENA to explore there music and I think only this reason can be justified.

So how can I review an album that I don't have and have no intention of getting? Well, by the track list of course! And I would say the track list is chosen quite smartly. However: tracks like The Hanging Tree and Crack In The Ice (which happen to be my favourite tracks of The Visitor ) seem to be really misplaced on a compilation album as they were originally part of on of the best concept albums of the nineties, which all songs fading in and out of each other.

Conclusion: Recommended to anyone who doesn't know ARENA yet. Not recommended to anyone who already has a few albums of ARENA. Just save some money to get all their original studio albums, since they are all really worth it!

Rating: For the track list alone probably 4 stars, but I will only give 3 for the effort by the band. (Which was almost non-existent, since all songs had already been made.)

evenless | 3/5 |


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