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3.49 | 114 ratings

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3 stars Not too impressive this latest production by Saga.

While not a bad effort as such, I found this effort to be both uninspired and predictable. Contrasts between the darker, slightly gritty guitar sound and the lighter, gentler synth cascades is an effect used to death and beyond, and while the band's new vocalist has a distinct melodic delivery his input doesn't really add any sophistication to the excursions - no distinct harmonic nor contrasting part in the soundscape, just the midpart melodic element in between the greater contrasting ones in the massive soundscape Saga have opted to use on this disc.

Saga are good at creating catchy chorus parts though, and anyone fond of massive, rich synth cascades should find this venture intriguing - espcially if AOR is to their liking.

Personally I'm less than thrilled about this effort though. Okayish enough tunes, a couple of duds, but apart from Step Inside and Crown of Thorns none of the tracks made made a generally positive impression, beyond the scope of being nice efforts that should appeal to pomp rock aficionados.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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