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4.03 | 863 ratings

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5 stars I pre-ordered this CD and got it when it came out. Definately the best Symphonic prog CD released in 2004 by a country mile. TQ (neo progressive??) just a cotton pickin moment, what we have here is a genuine top-class SYMPHONIC PROG band, probably the best outside of Genesis and Yes. This CD is nothing short of MIRACULOUS, and unlike Selling England By The Pound and Close To The Edge, this CD does not have a crap track. In other words it is as essential to any prog colection as those two seminal and widely accepted materpeices, Loads of people will shout DERIVATIVE GENESIS WANNABEES at me , eeer yes, all of the decent prog bands of the eighties, nineties and noughties are very YES/GENESIS derivative, thats why they are good. I mean that I'd rather listen to an IQ CD than any by Pink Floyd for instance..... Anyway to this CD. Sacred Sound from the synth intro to the superb vocal melodies and cleverly crafting of an absolutely wizard breeze of a symphonic progressive rock track, it's awesome. Red Dust Shadow is melancholic and superb synth chords accompanied by acoustic guitar is very reminiscent of wind & wuthering, IQ always include little intros that you can find on classic prog albums (like the clock (Hackett) and the Machine noise (Pink Floyd) I reckon it amuses them. I love Yiu necer will - excellent lyrics and the vocal harmonies just work and do nice things in my ears. Born Brillian has some FANTASTIC mellotron (I love the sound it's ace). The HARVEST OF SOULS, the suppers ready comparisons are obvious, but so what, this is an awsome 23 minute exploration of symphonic prog and if you don't like it then I suggest you get off this site and start listening to boyzone or whatever, ITS ESSENTIAL PROG AND GET IT IN YOUR COLLECTION PRONTO. Obvious FIVE STARS in fact this should get TEN!!!!!
M27Barney | 5/5 |


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