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5 stars A Mysterious, Heart Warming Adventure through... Renaissance!

I have not yet listened to A Turn of the Cards, but this is by far my favourite album from the magical band, Renaissance so far. The album creates atmospheres and melodies that are some of the most beautiful I have heard. Annie Haslam's voice, and I haven't heard anyone say otherwise yet, is THE prettiest female voice in the prog scene.

The first track, Can You Understand? is my favourite track on the album. The song begins with a stunning John Tout piano intro, soon to be accompanied by Jon Camp's thumping deep bass, which can give anyone goos bumps.

The next track, Let it Grown has very much the same feel as Carpet of the Sun. They both have Annie's beautiful voice dominating these chorused songs. These both feel as if they were intended to be hit singles at the time, and I'm not sure if they were are not. All in all, these two songs are pieces of beauty.

The final track, sums the album up with an epic feeling, and the only Renaissance electric guitar solo I have heard yet (I'm new to this band, so there might be many others out there?).

Buy this album if you liked Scheherazade & Other Stories. When I listened to that album, the first Renaissance I had ever heard, I thought to myself to achieve any higher quality of beautiful music than in that album. I was proven wrong with Ashes are Burning, a triumph of symphonic prog.

OzzProg | 5/5 |


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