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PASTIMES

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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.00 | 1 ratings

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Brendan
3 stars This album is pretty much an impossible find, so I guess I'm lucky. That's a shame 'cause it's not bad. Not as good as 'A change of heart'; the songs are shorter but it's more or less the same as the first album.

It begins well with the spiritual 'Vision', which is symphonic rock. It's followed by a beautiful Indian-ballad 'there is a light' with nice oboe, sitar and tabla. 'Payday' is a bit of a dud but 'Progress' is a nice funk song which is really catchy. Unfortunately some of the songs that follow are a bit weak, like the failed attempt at a gospel ballad 'Is it worth the the price you pay?' but they gather it up at the end with the gorgeous folk song 'Lover of the Lord', which has a nice flute/string arrangement and the anthemic 'Changing the face of the Earth'.

Although the music is generally not as strong as the first album, the lyrics are even better, they are biting (and sometimes cynical) towards modern society, so that helps to enjoy the album more, though if you don't enjoy preaching you probably would want to pass on this. The singeer sounds a bit like "David Gates" of bread and the music is kind of similar to Bread / Cat Stevens and maybe the Moody Blues, but not classic progressive rock, like Yes or ELP. Still, it's a nice lost classic from the 70's.

Brendan | 3/5 |

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