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3 stars Pomp pop or prog rock ?

It is a bit difficult to classify Saga. They are somewhere between HUMAN LEAGUE and prog rock. Maybe closer to prog rock than synth pop. This album is a typical example. The first song are closer to prog rock than pop. The following two songs are more pomp pop than prog. And it continues like this throughout the album. If my memory serves me right, SAGA also got a lot of respect from metal fans at that time. I know, because all my friends back then was into metal and hard rock. SAGA is a complicated band to understand. Maybe the right label is pre-neoprog. Or just music.

The music here is pretty synth based with the artwork setting the standard. It was at that time pretty much post-rock and science-fiction based. The cold war was at it's most intense and there was a war in Afghanistan. It was a bad time for the mankind. This album kind of reflects that. The world is run by a machine called synthesizer. Not much human touch here. Just cold pomp pop meets prog rock. Michael Sadler adds some drama with his voice. The wall of synths adds theater to the music. The sound is great though. I have always liked the sound on their first four albums, this album included.

The songs are good, but nothing special. This is not SAGA's finest hour. The only really good song are Don't Be Late. This album is the weakest of their first four albums, I am afraid. But it is still a good album.

3 stars.

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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