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3 stars This fifth "Argent" album is by far their most prog one.

The first trios of track are particularly brilliant. "Argent" is at its best. The organ play is absolutely gorgeous and the rhythm is well sustained during the opening number, although the full glory of "The Coming Of Kohoutek" is more intense in their good live album "Encore".

Both "Once Around The Sun" as well as "Infinite Wanderer" are extremely pleasant as well. The former is a soft instrumental with bombastic guitar and organ. It is a very emotional number which is so different than any prior "Argent" track. It is just a pity that it lasts for such a short time.

I guess that the band never was so close to ELP than during "Infinite Wanderer". Upbeat song and heavy organ. This is another great instrumental (the third one in a row). It is much in the style of the Rooster as well. It closes brilliantly this series of excellent (but short) tracks.

There is even a mellowish and IMO very dispensable song in the form of "Love". Indeed, it has the flavour of a love song. Pay attention not to fall asleep during these four minutes.

The band is also exploring the jazzy mood in the first part of "Music From The Spheres". Fortunately, they will be more inspired in the second one which is very much "Santana" oriented. It features a great guitar break (there are not many of those in their whole career). It is a very song after all.

The band is heading more into the heavy / funky rhythms with "Thunder And Lightning". Since it is the only one of the genre, let's not complain too much.

"Argent" reverts to a more prog sound and organ oriented song with "Man For All Reasons". This album is rather diversified and flirts with several musical genres. The last one to be taken into consideration is the heavy blues a la Purple Mark III. "Gonna Meet My Maker" is such a song. For the second time, the guitar work from Ballard is to be noticed.

This album is pleasant almost all the way through (except "Love"). Still it doesn't hold real classic and memorable songs. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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