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Crossover Prog

3.77 | 33 ratings

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3 stars This is an all instrumental album featuring a high level of technicity, loads of keyboards, wild guitar and strong melodic parts. You get all these flavours in the opening number "The Revelation". I bet you! What a revelation indeed! This is an excellent number, very close to the "Genesis" sound of course but played with great feeling.

None of the tracks are weak on this album (except maybe "The Dream", a smooth piano tune).

One of the most complex number is "The Prediction". Starts delicately and turn into some heavy sounds and furious rhythms to close a great introduction part. Some "Watcher" riffs and pleasant synthesizers for the finish. The word "pleasant" is probably the one that fits better to describe this album.

Global mood of this album is truely "Genesis" oriented. But an all instrumental "Genesis". Quite good I must say.

"Xang" was moved from the Neo-prog into Cross-over without any major reason IMO.

Actually the band flirts more between symph and neo-prog than anything else (just listen to "Bitterness", my second fave, which holds some nice and inspired guitar work). Same applies to a fantastic : "The Choice". Gorgeous keys all the way through (with some "Watcher" textures again) and a very skilled guitar break to finish this excellent number.

Same mood for the closing "The Light". This is the only negative comment : the whole of this album sounds a bit too much of the same. Should have been more diversified to justify the four stars rating.

Three stars then...

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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