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Puppet Show


Symphonic Prog

3.43 | 39 ratings

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2 stars As advertised.

PUPPET SHOW'S strings are firmly in the hands of those trying to replicate the sounds of seventies progressive rock. This can be either a good or a bad thing; in this case it's a bit of both. Each track is interesting, with only the shorter tracks being arresting on initial listens. The longer tracks are so formulaic - I'd defy anyone with a truly extensive prog collection to identify the group immediately if it popped up randomly on your playlist - they are almost inseperable from each other and from countless other neo-prog epics.

Of itself this is no problem. I'm a firm believer that originality is overrated. But what is offered here is generic to the point of blandness. None of the songs earn the right to their thunderous moments. Nevertheless, it's not all a tale of woe. While compositionally bland, the performances themselves are excellent. If you want to evoke the spirit of GENESIS, MARILLION and IQ, you could do worse than give this a spin.

russellk | 2/5 |


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