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Citizen Cain


Symphonic Prog

4.09 | 173 ratings

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Squire Jaco
4 stars When I finally got my hands on a copy of this hard-to-find cd by Citizen Cain, it didn't take long for me to appreciate why it's been held in such high esteem by many fans of the Genesis and Marillion school of prog. Yet another band with a lead singer (Cyrus) who sounds a lot like Peter Gabriel and Fish, this is perhaps the most keyboard-heavy of the "Genesis clone" bands, and rich in emotion and virtuosity. Allow me to note that part of my "music quality" rating includes a consideration of both the originality of the music, and the diversity in song selection. To the extent that this band (like Neuschwanstein, The Watch, and others) is clearly derivative of Genesis, they lose some points on the originality scale; but these are really great compositions nonetheless, and played well. (I will add, tho, that I could have used a bit more in the diversity department - minor quibble!) Excellent production adds to one's listening pleasure, and you have to appreciate the artwork (drawn by Cyrus also) on this captivating, intelligently structured concept album. Some have complained that there is just too much singing and not enough breathing room for the instruments, but I think that's rubbish when you have a lyricist and vocalist this talented. Let him sing.

This is one to seek out. Exceptional all around. Recommended. 4-1/2 stars

Squire Jaco | 4/5 |


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