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3.38 | 68 ratings

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The T
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4 stars A fantastic neo-prog opera, if maybe a little bit too long.

She by CAAMORA is the first true neo-prog opera I've ever heard. The sound is clearly based on the foundations of the genre that Clive Nolan himself helped build with his band PENDRAGON and his side project ARENA. With the latter it shares that distinct metal-ish flavor that at times makes the separation between neo-prog and metal harder to detect. Powerful riffs as leading motives in the music are the primary example of this.

The music sounds like ARENA-meets-PENDRAGON-meets-AYREON-meets-Broadway. At times the work, divided in two discs, resembles the music mostly prepared for the stage, and under that light this is truly a rock opera. There are only four characters (plus the chorus) but they manage to carry the whole weight of the music. Clearly, the stars here are Alan Reed of PALLAS and the two female singers, Agneiszka Swita and Christina Booth of MAGENTA. The music, extremely melodic and very accesible, is memorable.

The only flaw in this release is the excessive length of the work. The second disc, less energy- driven and more sedated in its narrative, drags the rating down a little bit as it starts to get boring and tiresome halfway through. If She was a one-disc album, I would have no doubt on awarding it 5 stars. As it is, 4 will be the right rating.

The T | 4/5 |


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