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It Bites


Crossover Prog

3.76 | 136 ratings

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5 stars 4.5 This unstable band has released very few albums with different line-ups since mid-80's. They used to split souls between Pop and Prog, but in this last studio album they abandoned Pop in favor of Rock, although Symphonic and melodic Prog is the dominant style. It seems the new members Mitchell and Pomeroy gave it a different direction, much more interesting in my view. The melodies are more intimate, emotional, and the tracks are much better thought, the effort at composition is all throughout, not as in the former The Tall Ships that was superficial and made for radio listener. That one was Pop-oriented, and short of creativity. That changed here; even smooth tracks aren't mainstream, as in Clocks, or the perfect ballad The Last Escape, with a remarkable singing. The short opener and closing themes are little simple pieces of a high sensitivity. There are some really brilliant themes, such as the album's title track and Cartoon Graveyard with nice work at the keys and the guitar, and the Send No Flowers with strong reminiscences to Genesis, same as Meadow and the Stream. The singing by Mitchell is not that oppressive and leaves enough room for the music to flow, thanks god. This album is a real hit, quite underrated in my view, the music sounds fresh and clear, and there are no fillers, one may play it once and again.
poito | 5/5 |


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