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3.42 | 36 ratings

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3 stars There are some good songs featured on this ''Fruitcake'' album.

They are still playing their basic neo-prog style music, but this time it is by no doubt superior to their previous albums. The ''Genesis'' background is still there but at the end of the day, this is the basics of the genre. Still, the ''Watcher's'' effect is quite predictable (''The Joke'').

Needless to say that their lead vocalist is not the greatest one I have ever heard.Fortunately, keys and guitar are quite fine.

It is a bit of a pity since a more focussed search for a good vocalist could have lead this band to other boundaries. As such, it just sounds as one out of many to be honest. No poor tracks indeed, but no jewels either (far from it, actually).

This album sounds as a total ''déjà vu'' feel. Some fine guitar breaks (noticeably during ''Spirit Of This Day'') are quite passable moments. But nothing more. Your opinion might be biased though if you happen to have just discovered this band.

When I listened first to their music (in 2003), I was really enthusiastic. But I have to admit that the more I listen to them, the least I believe they are essential. As I said earlier, just average.

There are few to none songs which could lead me to the prog Walhalla. Fine arrangements for sure, but that's it (''Between Reality and Dream'')! I guess that if you ever wanted to ''Have A Slice'' of Fruitcake, the title number will please you. Fine instrumental intro, unfortunately followed by some weak vocals. But we are used to this with ''Fruitcake''.

There are some good reasons to persevere though. Some of the last songs demonstrate that the band has some potential in terms of song writing and musicianship. I particularly like the positive intro from ''Somewhat Late for Supper'' and since this track is an all instrumental one, I can only be happy. One of the best from this album. This is a very emotional track. You might know that I am keen on such music.

Three stars (but ''Final Signals'' is best avoided).

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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