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3 stars It is not often that the lead singer of a German band sounds convincing. So, let's pay tribute to this, although Martin Eden sounds probably too close to Peter Nicholls to be somewhat original.

And the music that goes along is not the most trendy one you could imagine. Average neo-prog, with everything that this concept can hold. Regressive, cloned, borrowed stuff and so on.

Not easy to find a highlight here but this album doesn't sound too bad either. Even if little memorable. Some fine melodies ("Stay"), but most of the songs do have an air of déjà vu, and I wonder if an "IQ" clone was really necessary.

The most related "IQ" song and one of the best from "Pure" might well be "Jericha". Mostly thanks to the passion that Martin is putting in his vocal parts. But again, this can hardly be called a masterpiece even if it is my fave from their debut album. Rhythm changes, good guitar break and fine keys are additional ingredients which make this song the highlight here.

Another good piece is "Cat's Worst Grave". A bit pathetic (probably due to the extremely Nicholls oriented vocals, again) but harmonious and catchy. Unfortunately, it is immediately followed by the extremely poor "Dictator". Some sort of sub-par Genesis from the eighties (just imagine!). Neo-prog in all its "splendor". Press next of course.

The last couple of songs are good; especially the closing "Call For Life" which features a melancholic vocal part (but this is no surprise) as well as an excellent guitar solo.

A good album, but only for neo-prog fans. Others might get irritated while listening to this type of music.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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