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THE HUMAN CONDITION

Saga

 

Crossover Prog

3.49 | 114 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Sagaīs one million dollar question: can you imagine the band without their singer and charismatic frontman for 30 years, Michael Sadler? thatīs why I was quite aware of this CD for many weeks. But upon hearing it I found there was nothing to fear. In fact, it seems that the new singer gave the band a much n eeded shot in the arm. Ok, I havenīt seen the guy on stage and I canīt really say if heīs got such a strong stage persona as Sadler, but, boy, can he sing! He has a different voice but his style worked very well within the bandīs sound and personality.

And the songwriting also improved since their latest releases: I found the CDīs first half really stunning. To be more specific, the first four tracks are the winners. They show the band at their best with their progressive side on the upfront again. The remaining tunes are saved by the excellent playing, the new singerīs passionate perfomance and the general tasteful arrangements (a Sagaīs trademark),. Only the last song, You Look Good To Me sounded really weak and should be left out. Once again I should point out ian Crichtonīs brilliant guitar playing, the guy never seems to stop amazing me with his very personal style and endless creativity. Jim Gilmourīs keyboards work is also another highlight. Production is excellent.

Conclusion: The Human Condition may be a transitional work, the first with a new singer, but it sure is also very good. A hard album to rate:. A 3,5 star rating seems to be fair enough for now, but every time I hear the CīD I like it more, so I guess Ill round up to four... Iīm eager to hear their next releases. A promising re-start!

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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