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TURN OF THE CARDS

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

4.06 | 425 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer
5 stars Renaissanceīs follow up to the classic Ashes Are Burning is almost as good. With songwriter Michael Dunford now officially a member of the group (he joined the band during Ashes Are burning sessions, but was listed on the cover as a guest) the sound is more symphonic than ever. The only song that bears the pastoral, folky side of the band so evident on Ashes... is the ballad I Think Of You, which is very simple and a bit awkward here, but giving a pleasant respite between two massive symphonic epics. Highlights are the hauting Black Flame, the beautiful orchestrated Mother Russia and Things I Donīt Understand (Annie Haslam does a great job on the second part, amazing!).

The other songs are very good. It annoyed me seeing an obviously cover of Albinoniīs Adagio being credited as an original Dunford tune, but I rather believe it was printed by mistake. And the interpretation (only organ and vocals) is stunning!

The production could be a lot better, but maybe this is just because I donīt have the remaster edition.

So, in the end, Turn Of The Cards is one of my favourite Renaissance albums. Almost as fantastic as its precedor, it proves the band could evolve even more into the symphonic sound they created. Highly Recommended to any prog fan. A classic.

Tarcisio Moura | 5/5 |

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