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EXCELSIOR!

Mastermind

 

Eclectic Prog

3.78 | 39 ratings

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b_olariu
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3 stars Fifth studio album by this overlooked band named Excelsior from 1998 . I have real doubts if this is their best effort as everybody mentioning here. To me is less intristing that the prior album ntil etenity , and I will explain why. Whil the previous album was the most acomplished Mastemind album in every sens, and was the most diverse in manner of interpretation, this one Exclsior doesn't bring anything new, realy, just good pieces and solid musicianship but I think this is not enought to be a very strong album. The ideas lack of straight direction, only ex Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc keyboard player - Jens Johansson save the album to be un usual one and nothing more, that doesn't mean is a bad album or the two brothers are weak here or borind, no they just do a good job, nothing excellent or groundbraking. All the pieces has same level, no one in front here. The music as we used to, eclctic driven key prog with jazzy interplays here and there. Anyway the musicianship is good as always on Mastermind. So a good album, no doubt, but nothing special either, 3 stars and I realy don't understand why the reviewers considered this one as their best album, and even better then Until eternity who for sure beats this one Excelsior for miles away.
b_olariu | 3/5 |

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