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Savatage - Streets - A Rock Opera CD (album) cover




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4.13 | 235 ratings

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5 stars Who is this I have found, lying on the streets?

This is Savatage's first true foray into the rock opera format, and they enter with a smash. Each song is memorable and melodic, symphonic and strong. Starting with the foreshadowing title track that leads into a (not so well) spoken word piece serving as the introduction for Jesus Saves, which is the first fiery rocker present in the album. Tonight he grins again has some emotional balladry being woven, before rocking it all over the place with Strange Reality.

The choruses are powerful, the lyrics aren't bad, and the solos are top notch. Excellent playing all around, and Jon executes some of his most emotional singing, yet. This compliments the softer style of the album in a great way. Sammy and Tex shoots with adrenaline driving metal where the story is relayed, and it truly feels like a battle in the streets. St Patrick's has to be one of the most emotional and stirring pieces, here. Screaming, asking for answers, and getting naught but silence, quite heartfelt.

Can You Hear Me Now mixes the dark and emotional ballad with crunching metal verses. And New York City begins as a soft track before it turns into a stunner. Ghost in The Ruins is next, and my word that solo is epochal. Quite possibly the greatest single moment on the entire album. No, the songs aren't the most complex, and the story isn't the greatest, but the sheer emotional and feeling this album produces is wondrous.

The last few songs are devoted to heartfelt ballads, excluding the psychotic and frantically biting Agony and Ecstasy. Heal My Soul is a lullaby re worked, and the final track Believe, has one of the prettiest solos imaginable, pure uplifting delight. I get shivers every time I hear that opening "So, after all those one night stands..."

The album isn't the most complex, but it is diverse, and emotional. The lyrics aren't terrible, everyone is in top form, and it can have a powerful effect on your feelings. Savatage at their peak.

Best Song - Ghost In The Ruins/Believe

Worst Song - Strange Reality, but it is still a great song.

***** Stars

Alitare | 5/5 |


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