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Crossover Prog

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2 stars Saga's third. Do they overcome the sophomore slump ? Not quite. This is certainly an improvement over Images at Twilight. But the songwriting is still developing.

The album does start with a Saga classic - Don't Be Late. Mellow for an album opener, but once its' melody has seeped into your mind, there's no denying the beauty and melancholy, and as it picks up the pace, one can't help but be taken away dreaming.

Several other songs recall the group's previous efforts & foreshadow the continuing develpment of certain aspects of their sound. Compromise is this album's How Long, with some harder edged guitar. Time To Go is the AOR/Pomp rock sound that Saga mastered on the next two albums. Not to my taste, but I can see it as a favourite among other fans. The verses' melody remind me of some of Klaatu's Sir Army Suit's songs, especially the influence that the Moody Blues had on Klaatu. Someone Should could well have been lifted from Styx's Kilroy was Here. Mind you, It would have been the best song on that album. Careful Where You Step is a prime example of why some people insist that Saga was the first Neo band. A concert mainstay for years, it is well loved by many of their fans.

The rest seems to straddle the pop / prog line. Later, as the years went by, to my ears, they would seem to eliminate such balance and go one way or another. For me, the pop side was of little interest, as I much preferred their prog or pomp sound. Later songs like On The Loose, and the Flyer would hark back to this album. So in a way, true fans of the band should check this one out. For the more casual listener, it's still worth a few bucks if you can't find it a good price. But the best introduction to the group will come with Saga's next two albums.

debrewguy | 2/5 |


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