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Transatlantic - The Whirlwind CD (album) cover




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5 stars The epic to end all epics.. that's what we have here, a 78-minute huge 12-piece epic. Expectations were very very high because the other TA albums were some of the nicest prog-stuff in the 00's. And I don't think you can really be disappointed in The Whirlwind. There are all the elements of a decent prog epic here, such as the beautiful calm-down part (Rose Colored Glasses), a growing jam-section (Is It Really Happening?), epic Overture and grooving, happy part (Out of the Night). All parts flow together nicely, though there is a clear little break between part six and seven. It's hard to name the highlights in this piece, for there are so many.

The singing is improved a lot from SMPTe and BAF, and Portnoy and Trewavas get much more singing parts here. Especially Portnoy shines in some songs (Set Us Free, Whirlwind). The guys have also tried some new singing styles like Morse's metallic scream- like style in Lay Down Your Life. Lyrics are mostly from Morse, so if you don't like his christian-like lyricstyle then too bad. I myself find the lyrics good and even heart-touching at parts.

Musically the album is a nice packet. The main theme isn't that inspiring, but most other themes are great and emotional. There aren't many odd time structures, but that doesn't really bother because this album doesn't need them IMO.

The second disc has its moments, but isn't really The Transatlantic Quality. It is still worth its price, as it has some nice covers (The Giant Hogweed!!). The bonus DVD is also nice and shows how much fun the guys had in studio. Hopefully we'll have another TA CD coming out soon..

Morsenator | 5/5 |


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