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THE OLD ROAD

Martin Orford

 

Neo-Prog

3.85 | 116 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars Wrong person, wrong album.

The opening tones of this album is very bombastic and it sets the trend for this album. This is the final album from Martin Orford and I guess he has tried to make this a smorgasboard of all his influences. His choice of musicians also indicate this. This is by no means a bad thing. The result is an AOR album which at times touches onto neo-prog and pomp rock. The music is easy accessible and straight forward. ASIA is a good reference.

The good melodies, the guitar solos and the bombastic keyboards makes The Old Road a pleasant experience. The ten minutes long opening track Grand Designs is very good with some references to MAGELLAN. This is the best track of the album. The title track is also very good. The almost elleven minutes long The Time And The Season is more like lukewarm tea with it's references to the 1980s pomp rock scene. The rest of the tracks is good, but nothing more.

My main gripe with this album is the lack of challenges it offers. I find very little progressive rock here and too much AOR. Neither do I like the references to the 1980s pomp rock scene. I have to admit that this album was not made for the likes of myself who has got tired of the rock scene and is exploring new territories in the Jazz and Classical Music land. This album is far too much rock and far too little progressive. You can take this as a recommondation of this album if you like rock.

This is an acceptable album with some good tunes. Sorry !

3 stars.

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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