Pendragon - Acoustically Challenged CD (album) cover





3.33 | 49 ratings

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4 stars Perhaps this album should be called Pure, instead of their latest studio effort. Cos its nothing of the pomp and bombastic Pendragon that we know from other albums.....no long and amazing electric guitarsolo's, or Wagnerian keyboard parts, the very recognisable bass style of Gee, that I think so clearly hearable on middle parts as in songs as Paintbox or Breaking The Spell...not to mention the agressive drum sound of Fudge smith.........but rather back to the roots, delivering a bunch of incredible pieces of music that truly add something to the collection. Live usually Pendragon is blamed for simply play the version as its recorded on CD, and don't add much difference or improvisation....but here with songs that are completely stripped down its a whole different story.

The choice of songs are totally unexpected, or atleast they were for me. No King Of The Castle, what I think would have been a nice audition to this set, although perhaps too predictable.....they chose for some more famous, as we'll as unfamous songs here.....I think songs as The Man Of Nomadic Traits, Voyager and Alaska, really shine here.....and work out on who whole new level........Nick shows himself as once again, a incredible guitarplayer...It once again shows she is not only the master of the electric guitar but also of the accoustic one. To this Clive adds alot of very sensitive parts on piano and what sounds like a hammond.

Also very nice are the last 2 songs.....2 AM, a song I think that not many people know. I think the song from Peter Gee's first album is another great idea.

They should have played a longer set...or...do it more often....top notch......and excelent sound.

Daniel1974nl | 4/5 |


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