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Pendragon - The World CD (album) cover





3.78 | 391 ratings

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4 stars There's a recurring theme of travel and wanderlust in the lyrics, but for many fans The World is where Pendragon truly came home. No longer the schizophrenic group of the 1980s, Pendragon have stopped trying to mix melodic pop-rock numbers into their act and have increased their emphasis on Nick Barrett's soulful guitar playing.

In the three years since Kowtow Pendragon had mainly focused on consolidating Toff Records, rereleasing their old albums under their new label and producing the Rest of Pendragon compilation. But they clearly weren't idling musically speaking; instead, it seems that they've gone through a period of consolidation there too, finally deciding on what direction they want to take and pursuing it with gusto.

They chose the perfect time to do it. With Marillion and IQ taking a decidedly more commercial direction, and Pallas, Twelfth Night, and Solstice all on hiatus, 1991 was a dark time if you were a fan of the veterans of the Marquee scene and their early 1980s sound, and The World was an excellent alternative, rooted in the neo-prog sound and incorporating influences from Marillion and other big names without compromising Pendragon's own style. Hand on heart, I can't say it's an *essential* neo- prog album, but it's still a great disc which filled a gap at a crucial period in the genre's development. It's preaching to the neo choir a little, but it's a fine fine sermon indeed.

Warthur | 4/5 |


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