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erik neuteboom
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3 stars This second album by USA progrock band Pangaea was produced by Robert Berry, of GTR fame. His influence on the sound is quite obvious: modern, tight and a bit polished.

The first track Time Syndrome showcases the skills of Pangaea: beautiful, very sparkling piano play, strong and flowing guitar work and nice musical ideas. In the long trilogy The Traveller the 'neo-prog feel' is strong featuring a tight rhythmn section and slightly predictable soli. But this doesn't keep Pangaea from making interesting prog, they put a lot of variety in their compositions (strong guitar-synthesizer duet in Theme And Fuge) and great soli: a long and sensitive guitar solo in The Ship, sampled church organ in Declaration a biting guitar solo in Lonely Is A Place. After the sumptuous up-tempo song Beggar's Hand, there is a surprise: two tracks of half a minute, then nothing and finally the very alternating song Hidden Track delivering mandoline, acoustic guitar and a heavy closing section.

This is a pretty good album by a promising band, scouting the borders between early and new progrock. My rating: 3,5 stars.

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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