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Anderson / Stolt


Symphonic Prog

3.63 | 206 ratings

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2 stars I've never been a fan of Jon Anderson's solo albums, but was intrigued by what a combination of writing skills of Anderson and Roine Stolt would achieve. Jon Anderson achieves his best work collaborating with other talented artists like Steve Howe, whose song writing idol is Bob Dylan, or with Rick Wakeman, whose classical background allows the structure and form for Jon Anderson's ideas to breathe. Unfortunately, I think Roine Stolt is too enamored with Jon Anderson's standing and reputation in the prog community to involve himself in the writing of the album and limits his involvement to his guitar playing skills. Other great artists contribute to the playing as well ' Jonas Reingold on bass, Tom Brislin on keyboards, Michael Stolt on bass and Moog and Felix Lehrmann on drums. And Jon Anderson hasn't lost any of the power and range of his amazing voice, despite an age pushing 70.

With such incredible musicians and an array of instruments out of prog paradise you'd think there would be enough to appetize the listener, but the luster of the instrumentation fades after about the second song. One doesn't know when one song finishes and the next starts and there is nothing memorable which sticks in the mind. There just aren't the key shifts in the music and the modulations that distinguishes one verse from the next and gives the music its tonality. I found myself persevering with the music to a point where I just found it too plodding to continue with. This is one of the very few albums I was unable to get to the finish listening to it.

iluvmarillion | 2/5 |


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