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2 stars two stars and a half, Many changes in the band before recording this album : two longtime members have left the band, a change of record company, in 1979 the band had to replace the sound of the orchestra by the use of keyboards and synthesizers. Also their musical style has changed a lot since the previous album. One can notice this by the 'plastic' keyboardsounds and the bass lines which sometimes are pretty irritating. Most of the tracks are short in length and haven't the complex structure of their seventies recordings. In fact some of the stuff is pure pop and songs like "bonjour swansong" comes close to the sound of ABBA. Please go on reading. But not everything is bad. Annie Haslam still has a great voice and on this album she uses her voice with more creativity than she did before. Fortunately there's also some tracks which are worthwhile checking out. Especially Ukraine ways takes you back to the days of their musical peak. Tyrant-Tula is also an interesting track, maybe not progressive rock as we know it but quite surprising and consistent with a mix of progressive and reggae. Okichi san is more a typical Renaissance track with eastern influences. These tracks make the album still a must have for the die-hard fan. A greater effort than the next album "time-line" which I would recommend to no one.
Fishy | 2/5 |


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