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2.89 | 39 ratings

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2 stars An American band tries to spread the good word.

In USA, people do God more than over here in Europe. As an European, the blatant preaching here makes me take two steps back and away from the band. This is a cultural thing. Please believe in Jesus Christ, but please do that in private. Don't preach about it on an album because you will scare a lot of people away. It is like telling people that you are a carrier of plague. People will scatter in all directions if you do that in Europe. In USA, on the other hand.........

When overcoming the blatant preaching here, the music is not that bad. I am not sure where these strong references to Yes comes from. If you listen to the track Mary, references to King's X is pretty blatant. The rest of the album have a lot of references to this band too. There is a lot of references to Kansas too and even to Cathedral. OK, I concede that there is some Yes references here. But they are not overwhelming strong. There are also some fusion elements on this album. I also get a lot of strong Bad Company vibes here too.

The music is driven by Hammonds and guitars. It is helped by some boogie piano. The vocals are pretty good. The drums and bassist is good too. Akacia has the classic setup.

Mary is the only really good song here. The rest of the seems a bit underwhelming anonyme. To put it simple; the songs here are not good. This album does not have an identity and I would not be able to pick the band or album in a blindtest. It is a decent debut album and just that. 2.5 stars is all I got.

2.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |


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