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2 stars Loads of talent, but great progressive music?

While I have respect for some of the work of Portnoy, Gildenlow, and Trewavas, this is a good example of the kind of mass revered cheese-prog that I don't understand the attraction to. The talents of the players at their instruments are undeniable but the quality of the material is questionable. I don't think it is just this super-group that would have this problem either, I would say if you took a member each from classic period Yes/Floyd/ELP/Crimson and made them work together you might get some equally questionable results. I get a similar feeling listening to another "supergroup" Asia like I'm hearing "prog by numbers" as another reviewer aptly put it. Some of the instrumental sections are pretty impressive but the moment a vocal or "happy" keyboard section begins my blood-sugar usually skyrockets to dangerous levels. The other problems include the mystifying under-use of Daniel, the most talented vocalist on the stage, and fairly unimpressive production values considering their stature. I'll leave it at that, aware that they have many fans here. I don't usually spend much time on acts that don't inspire me anyway, but it's important to briefly weigh in with and for the minority opinion for balance sake. I'd say if you can rent this DVD it might be worth checking out but I can't recommend it as a purchase beyond their fans.

Finnforest | 2/5 |


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