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Beggars Opera


Symphonic Prog

3.36 | 151 ratings

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3 stars This album is the last of their three classic symphonic prog albums.

Symphonic Prog is perhaps not the phrase I would use. Beggars Opera was far more commercial on this album than on both their first two albums. The melodies are a bit simplistic. For some reason, I get a lot of Rainbow vibes from this album. Not that I am a big fan of Rainbow though. I also get some Bad Company vibes. Both bands were a part of this arena rock scene back in the early 1970s and both bands released their albums after Pathfinder was released. But I guess you still get my drift. I also get some vibes from bands like Camel and The Nice. Pathfinder is a blend of symphonic prog and arena rock.

The best thing about this album is Alan Park's keyboard works. He adds a lot of spice and at least half a star on my rating to the mainly guitar driven songs here. The songs are pretty commercial and simplistic. There are also some Scottish folk rock influences on this album. Not only because of the use of bagpipes. But also throughout the album. This album is maybe bordering to folk rock in it's approach. I also guess the many gigs this band did before the recording of this album also influenced the songs here. On stage, you know what works and what does not works. There is certainly a live edge over the songs.

The quality is rather good throughout. The title track is the best song here. But the rest is good too. I am having difficulties working up any excitement over the songs. There are some good pieces of music here. All of them includes Alan Park. The rest is good, but nothing more. This is a good Beggars Opera album, but nothing more than that.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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