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WATERS OF CHANGE

Beggars Opera

 

Symphonic Prog

3.63 | 182 ratings

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4 stars Swimming in mellotron

"Waters of change" was Beggar's opera's best album in my opinion, full of strong melodies and well constructed songs. Having introduced themselves with the innovative, classically driven "Act one", the band invested in a mellotron, which instantly became the dominant instrument in their sound. The band moved away from the intricate symphonic prog of their first album, towards the art rock of the Moody Blues and Barclay James Harvest.

The stately "Time machine" opens the album the mellotron sound instantly swirling behind the rich distinctive vocals of Martin Griffiths. The best track for me is "Silver peacock", a deceptively straight forward song, with more excellent keyboard work, a superb melody, and atmospheric vocals. There is a coherence and continuity to the tracks which allows the album a flow well.

A few more albums like this, and Beggar's Opera could have been as big as their art rock peers. Unfortunately after one more quality album, they were to quickly run out of steam.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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