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TRANSITIONS

Time Horizon

 

Neo-Prog

3.60 | 25 ratings

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FragileKings
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3 stars Imagine if you took the first three Steve Perry era Journey albums and the Steve Morse era Kansas albums and gave them to mid-eighties Night Ranger and said, "Listen to these. We'll give you a month to record a new album based on your impressions". Then imagine that the resulting recordings were left unreleased and later given to a band that was influenced by Foreigner and early nineties Christian melodic hard/heavy rock and that band was told to record what Night Ranger had recorded and you might end up with an album like Time Horizon's "Transitions".

Who starts a review like this? I do when the music strikes me as it did here. Is this a great album? It might just be the right one for you. For me, I am afraid in all honesty, the late eighties Christian band sound has long since lost its appeal to me unless you count Petra and Tourniquet and maybe Holy Soldier. But where this album falls short for me especially is in the production which just doesn't make the music shine and leap out as well as I think it could. The first few tracks of the album easily pass by without much really slapping me on the cheek and shouting, "Ain't this bit awesome or what?!" But by the very beautiful "Water Girl Instrumental" something suddenly clicks with me and I'm ready for more surprises. That brings us to the final track "Love Is Here" and it's a full-on emotional finale.

So, what did I miss? I'm afraid subsequent listens haven't convinced me, but I suspect it's because of my cooled heels for this kind of pumped and powerful, rich and melodic Christian rock. So it's really tough for me to praise the music no matter how much love and effort this band has put into it. Now, it seems that Time Horizon's debut album has fared better in the ratings than "Transitions", so it could be that my lukewarm response is shared by others.

Still, I hate to leave what must surely have been a proud effort with unenthusiastic remarks. So allow me to emphasis that the music and the performances of each member are all high calibre. It may not be my ideal choice for inspiring music but surely this album will impress and thrill others. I'll give it another chance. If my opinions are shaken up with some new revelation then I will be glad to edit my review.

FragileKings | 3/5 |

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