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Presto Ballet


Crossover Prog

3.58 | 82 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars I utterly agree with Scottīs review of this album. I too was not quite impressed by Presto Balletīs first album (good, ok, but nothing special) and I wouldnīt give their second album a chance if I hadnīt read his praisings. And I was astonished by what I heard. The mix of heavy guitars (70īs style), Rick Wakeman-like keyboards and some amazing harmonies and acoustic guitars that remind me of many groups of that era (like a cross between Seals And Crofts and Yes) might sound odd, but it really works. Somehow mr Vanderhoof & co caught the spirit of the 70īs prog rock and still managed to deliver something unique. They are not copycats. Crossover prog indeed!

I was really surprised that Vanderhoof, who was the leader of 80īs thrasers Metal Church, could do something so interesting and progressive (and away from heavy metal, that is). The band is tight, the singer is a gifted man with a versatile voice that works all the time, the arrangements are tasteful and the songwriting is superb. There are no fillers at all: all songs are very good! The title track is a classic. Production is also top notch. In all, everything works.

One of the nicest surprises I had this year. Everyone who loves classic prog rock should give this album a try. Warning: quite addictive! 4,5 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |


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