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3.2: THIRD IMPRESSION

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Crossover Prog

3.78 | 31 ratings

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alainPP
4 stars 3.2 is the musical sequel to the legendary group 3 made up of EMERSON, PALMER and singer-instrumentalist Robert BERRY. She gives melodic tracks, AOR, YES, ASIA, ELP and more nervous; the last is precisely the last collaboration with the peerless organist who left suddenly. Berry did almost everything on this album, except of course Keith's keyboards. "Top of the World" for the start with acoustic guitar then synths, from Yes 80's, heavy rhythm to Led Zeppelin and hardy vocals, a bit of Asia, dizzying synths where dexterity transpires with each note; final return more calm which leaves a great impression. "What Side You're On" for a heavy rock short track, I find there the fishing of Gtr solos, fresh keyboards and the verses phrased of a Queen track but shh, everything is fast, nervous and very good , punchy interlude. "Black of the Night" symphonic title, pompous, playful high in note with Irish and Celtic traces, a sound of biniou halfway; pompous prog-AOR development on rare synth traces, grandiloquent air tinged with spleen, a little Toto at times. "Killer of Hope" intimate intro and title to crazy, enjoyable Emerson whirlpools, Berry giving the drums an energetic quirky tempo. "Missing Peace" acoustic guitar, synth, Yes est l, AOR for a rhythmic bass, carpet synth, superb fat guitar solo, a bit of Porcaro, the voice imposes, the catchy chorus, one of my favorites. "A Bond of Union" delicate piano, Springsteen-style crooning voice, warm, slow ballad that makes you shiver with its May-style guitar, progressive with the crystal-clear arpeggio of the piano; introspective title on the importance of family union. "The Devil of Liverpool" 80's synths, hacketian guitar on Gtr, synth keys thrown in clusters! Thundering solo of the moog, a crescendo of notes reminiscent of Asia, Elp, pleasurable to the hoof. "Emotional Trigger" and his bluesy ballad la Toto, an intimate jazzy piano accompanying this warm voice; the keyboards a little too high and crisp for this track but we suddenly forget that. "A Fond Farewell" for the flagship title on this company which is going really badly, 7/8 synths do you want some here; Berry's well-established voice reminds me of Wetton at times, the synths still twirl and give the dimension of what this organist could do. "Never" and an Elp track like "Trilogy"; A thunderous film intro, it starts with an endless sequel with the typical chorus, go a little APP there, then the break and magic between the keyboards and the guitar on various well-oiled drawers; return to the voices to launch a last solo starting on that of Boston, sufficiently well introduced to want to put in replay. BERRY took up the work left on cassettes to release this exquisite progressive music album, work started thanks to Brian Lane and Carl Palmer (Yes, Asia, A-Ha), with more vocals for easier listening, work done in the pandemic context; a "sunset" as a tribute to Keith and his silver hands; here we have a fusion between Elp, 80's Yes and Asia for a scotching album.
alainPP | 4/5 |

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