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3.90 | 514 ratings

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4 stars Finally a new studio album from Pendragon. Their fans had to wait for five years to get a follow-up to their best album so far (IMO) : "The Masquerade Overture".

There won't be a revolution in style on this album of course; as you can expect. Since "The World", Pendragon produces the same type of music which involves brilliant guitar breaks, beautiful melodies and catchy songs. You'll get all these ingredients on this album.

Three very long songs build on the "suite" style will almost cover this (very) long album. But Pendragon is used to this already. So, again no surprise. It is true that this album is probably the most Genesis oriented (while they were four "Wind & Wuthering" and three "And There Were Three"). But not to such extent to call it plagiatory work.

One of my favourite song is "A Man of Nomadic Traits" as well as the suite "World's End". It holds all the Pendragon aspects that Pendragon fans love so much (and that his detactors hate so much...). A marvelously emotional Barrett on the vocals as well as on the guitar of course, not to forget the great job of Clive (but it is so obvious that it almost doesn't need to be mentioned).

Song structure is typical like of lots of Pendragon songs : easy listening, straight- forward, yet beautiful. Again, if you are looking to complex music with intricated lyrics, this album is not for you. But Pendragon will never produce such things.

There are two acoustic bonus tracks on this release (probably to annouce "Acoustically Challenged"). Although this excercise is not my favourite, I must say that Pendargon music is probably more favourable to such treatment as Arena's one for example (but they were already available on one compilation).

During the difficult nineties period, Pendragon stuck to their their melodic progressive music while most bands were heading other directions. This is to be mentioned before being criticized.

Of course, this album is not a masterpiece. Pendragon seemed to be a bit out of inspiration but it is as pleasant as 'The World" and "The Window Of Life". None of the tracks featured here is average, don't worry : this is really Pendragon as we like (or do not like). Therefore, I will aplly the same rating : four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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