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Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.16 | 789 ratings

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3 stars Consists of very well constructed music and imaginative instrumental passages that are extremely well composed, as all of the instruments are fully explored in order to extract the full potential of what each separate part has to offer without sacrificing the sound of the whole. After a quick listen, it immediately becomes clear the all musicians are virtuous and have full control over their instruments, being a definite plus for the album.

However, this virtuousness sometimes is added in excess to the mixture, and as a consequence, the band seems to miss out on a certain spirit that transcends simple virtuosity and is fundamental for the creation of good music, leading us to believe that the artists are choosing to compose progressive rock with the sole purpose of composing it virtuously, instead of using this wonderful genre as a tool to express the full content of their musical selves. This may displease the listener, as it gives him the impression that he is being constantly barraged with talent that is wasted without being successfully shaped into something concrete.

Another disappointing aspect of this album are the occasional vocals, that sometimes just completely wreck the beauty of the music, appealing to cheap, romantic and cheesy sounding singing. This is combined with the addition of a very pop like sound here and there, which can deeply dissatisfy those who have no tolerance for this particular sonority.

In retrospect, this sounds a lot more like Neo-Prog, which seems to incorporate the quintessential feeling of the nineties, with a couple of intermittent passages that sound like truly symphonic prog rock.

Overall, an ok album, but unfortunately over-rated.

EMLonergan | 3/5 |


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