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TURN OF THE CARDS

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

4.06 | 399 ratings

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lor68
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4 stars Probably it's the best album by Renaissance, apart from the sole weak number "Cold is being" (talking about their ideas, as this latter is the arrangement from the famous "Adagio" from Albinoni), however enriched by means of the beautiful voice by Annie Haslam...moreover I like to remind you of the importance regarding some intelligent albums like the present one, because often a lot of prog fans concentrate their attention on the "bombastic" solos and the ostentatious aspects of our wonderful and favourite music genre, often forgetting the melodic aspects or the light musicality of the relaxed moments within. The start is that unique of an unforgettable band: the track "Running Hard" is characterized by a fantastic refrain and above all it's the best gentle "female" reply to the most important and inspiring male vocalists in the British history of Progressive school. Of course I think of super groups like that one of Yes and here Renaissance are at their top and aligned with the same grandeur. Besides you can listen to the fabulous "Mother Russia", concerning the vicissitudes of a Russian dissident against the regime, a splendid mini-suite, where Annie is able to combine the important political theme of their remarkable song, with a great music harmony...instead "Things I don't understand" is another example of their musicality, especially in the second part, where she demonstrates her lyricism and the exceptional vocal harmonization as well;or once again I like to remark another very good number like "Black Flame",which maintains an important tension and a powerful melodic line too, before introducing the already mentioned songs "Cold is being" and "Mother Russia", this latter the best manner to conclude an unforgettable album!!

Recommended anyway and you could also give it the maximum score!!

lor68 | 4/5 |

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