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THE LOST ART OF TIME TRAVEL

Presto Ballet

 

Crossover Prog

3.56 | 74 ratings

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Rivertree
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3 stars Great sounding album with much symphonic/neo prog textures as well as AOR leanings from a band around guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof who is also known for playing with a heavy metal band. Lush keyboards are a trademark of this album - and the singing. Lead vocalist Scott Albright makes a very good job, reminding me of Bob Catley sometimes. This is excellently proved on One Tragedy At A Time which is the album highlight for me. They offer the complete bandwith of elements - a retro prog song structure with tempo changes and breaks en masse, great backing guitar riffs, keyboards which are spheric spacey here and Yes alike there - Hammond, Mellotron, synths, piano - nothing else matters ...

PRESTO BALLET offers a compact sound where no musician is pushed into the foreground. Minimal instrumental solo action. I can't remember noticing a remarkable guitar solo for example. The more mainstream AOR oriented I'm Not Blind and Easy Tomorrow can't hold the high standard of the diversified opener The Mind Machine which contains some typical neo prog and symphonic standards. Thieves impresses because presented very powerful bombastic. Varied drum playing - mostly in staccato, near to a military style. The song fades out with some ambient keyboard patterns - well done guys! You're Alive is the mandatory ballad with acoustic guitar and Haze appeals to me because containing a (way too short) part where the band invokes a nice, more relaxed, flow for a change.

Enjoyable rock songs on the whole where the quality of the compositions decreases a little bit over the course of time. Fans of Kansas, Styx, IZZ or Spock's Beard will like 'The Lost Art Of Time Travel' I'm sure - 3.5 stars are well deserved.

Rivertree | 3/5 |

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