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THE WORLD

Pendragon

 

Neo-Prog

3.74 | 307 ratings

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Barla
4 stars 'The world is your oyster, search for your dreams and make them come true'

That's what it says on the inside of the booklet. A bit cheesy, and actually the majority of their lyrics are in this vein. But really, I don't care because the music is FAR from being average. Pendragon can be accused for using somewhat predictable harmonies (some of them sound very classical), but the inventiveness they put INTO that harmonies is great, and enough to keep the listener focused in the music. Take for example the vocal lines, that have a lot of work, oh and an special mention to the AMAZING guitar work: emotional solos, that remind me of Gilmour. Actually, when Barrett doesn't sing so high, he reminds me of Waters; in fact, this is a very floydian work, maybe their most floydian to date. Being from 1991, this album has the classical Pendragon sound (tons of melody, keyboard backgounds, emotional guitar - the guitar does not have a very rhythmic role, since mainly the keys have that role, but guitarist Barrett shines when he solos -, cheesy lyrics, high pitched vocals, and that good production usual in neo progressive albums). It's a bit poppy, but I love the singles right here (Shane (holy god, I love that guitar solo!), Prayer, and that song with an incredibly catchy chorus called The Last Waltz -I still can't get it out of my head-). The opener is very good too, but the real gem (and most progressive song) here is an epic song called The Voyager (it's a voyage really). The 21 minute epic Queen Of Hearts is good, but it can get a bit tiring in the second part. The closer And We'll Go Hunting Deer is a great relaxing song.

Overall, this is fun, easy listening prog rock, a bit poppy, but with a lot of great tunes and melodies, and the complexity in some moments make for a good prog album. Though it's not Pendragon's best (their follower, The Window of Life, is my favorite), I recommended it.

Rating: 3.9/5

Barla | 4/5 |

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