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The Pessimist
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5 stars This is one of my favourite albums ever, a progressive (and a rock) masterpiece of the seventies. The whole album is perfect and so underated, and here's why:

1. Ghosts - An epic nonetheless, but is not too long nor too short, just right to keep the listener interested. It progresses from a quiet to a driving prog song in the space of 4 minutes, and the remainder is brilliance IMO. Shame about the ending, as it does go on for a bit too long. (8/10) 2. Lemon Pie - A ballad with some kick to it and beautiful harmonies. Some nice guitar work also. (8/10) 3. Starshine / Angel Wine - The masterpiece of the album: one of my favourite riffs of all time, so simple yet so good! You will find me singing along to the whole song on the train to keep my mind off the dismal journey to New Street Station, it cheers me up in any situation, and is technically brilliant at the same time. (10/10) 4. Where Do You Go (When You Need A Hole To Crawl In) - Good, but it seems nothing compared to the previous song. A nice song, but not very strategically placed on the album! (8/10) 5. The Life Auction - Yet another superb song, this time with a dark ambience that reminds me a bit of early genesis. The riff is also very good at 1.46, with an interesting key transposition. Serves as an epic, despite not being that long. (10/10) 6. Don't Try To Change Me - Yet another good conistant song. (8/10) 7. Remembering - A nice little filler, doesn't really serve as much but that though. (7/10) 8. You And I (When We Were Young) - They were always good at the prog ballad, and didn't stop here. A sweet jazzy touch as well with a fender roades in the quieter areas. A semi-climatic end as well. (9/10) 9. Grace Darling - Now to non-classical ears this may seem a little dull, but to mine it is the third masterpiece of the album. It progresses perfectly from just a thin choir sound, to the vocals and drums and finally to the organ and very climatic ending, similar to afterglow by genesis. (10/10)

Overall, a consistant album with a lot to offer, and is necessary to any prog fan's collection. (4.5/5)

The Pessimist | 5/5 |


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