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WORLDS APART

Saga

 

Crossover Prog

3.63 | 180 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars Pretty good AOR-progressive-symphonic mixture...

The canadians Saga reached high levels with this their fourth efforth, full with nice melodies, bombastic sections, hundreds layers of keyboards, and a very imaginative Ian Chrichton's guitar playing, surprising and exciting in every song. The album folows a similar style of bands of these years like Asia and Rush... Not so pop-oriented like Asia, and not so coplex as Rush, but enough interesting for being between the memorable symphonic albums of the early 80's.

This bombastic way of understanding progressive music perfectionated by Saga in Worlds Apart influenced a lot of bands in the future... You only have to hear some bands like Pallas or Everon to notice that. So a group with this kind of influence and original material should have a more prominent place in prog history that Saga actually has. And they are still releasing albums regularly today with good results... ¡But Wolds Apart is without a doubt still one of their peaks!

Best tracks: On the Loose (great opening, bombastic rocks with great keyboards... And a good introduction of what will come), Amnesia (commercial and catchy track... The middle guitar section is great), The Interview and No Regrets (two beautiful and space-rock oriented tracks... ¡No Regrets is like a cosmic lullaby!) and No Stranger (similar to On the Loose, this track closes the album powerfully...)

Conclusion: very good bombastic prog-rock album... With a cristal clear production and some excellent tracks, this album is still really enjoyable today. I don't really know why Saga is listed like prog-related in this site... This album es a good example of the symphonic AOR rock made in the early 80's, and one the the best released in this time, along with some Asia and Rush's efforts. Recommended.

My rating: ***1/2

The Crow | 4/5 |

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