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4 stars Time for the magnum opus to many people that review Pendragon albums: Masquerade Overture. And in fact this album really gets me in big big trouble. Why ? Because I already reviewed Not of this World at an earlier stage and I (fully deserved ) gave it 5 stars as the ultimate masterpiece. Why is that a problem ? Because this is also more or less a masterpiece but it's absolutely less than Not of this World and I want to express that in the score. And I already gave Window of life 4,25 and this MO is absolutely better than WoL. So there's my problem. What can I do ? Giving ratings is very important to me, I consider each rating very seriously. So that's why I'm in a bit of trouble here. Whatever I do, it's not quite right !

We'll do the review first and see what comes out of it in the end. I will give a rating for each track here:

1. The Masquerade Overture. I can imagine not everybody will like this, but I think this is very interesting and highly original. 4 stars.

2. Good as gold. A very smooth sounding track, executed in an absolutely perfect way. Great performance. 4,25 stars.

3. Paintbox. I'm very ambivalent about this one. This extremely popular song amongst their fans is not really my personal favourite, I'm almost a bit bored by it. But objectively: it's a real class act. 4,5 stars.

4. Pursuit by excellence. A very short one but still very nice. Vocals significant in this one. 3,5 stars.

5. Guardians of my soul. For a long time my favourite track of the album, in the end surpassed by the final track. Still 5 stars.

6. The Shadow. Another superclass composition. Goodness me, what an album. 4,75 stars.

7. And the best was yet to come. Masters of Illusion. Mainly caused by a superb guitar solo at the end of the song by mr. Barrett. Sheer brilliance. 5 stars of course.

So what can you say, what can you do ? I'm afraid what counts in the end is the proposition by progarchives to give just the 5 stars to the ultimate best. In that case it will be 4. But I'm already regretting it !

progrules | 4/5 |


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