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PURE

Pendragon

 

Neo-Prog

3.90 | 527 ratings

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sussexbowler
3 stars I'll call it a flavour. The Pendragon flavour. Neo-prog with Pendragon's flavour. And sadly, Pendragon's flavouring isn't my favourite...

Yes, I'd read the reviews beforehand, "The saviour of Neo-prog, etc,etc", and yes, eventually I was sucked in. Actually, I'd heard 'Indigo' (the first track) on a demo beforehand, and yes, it WAS harder, different. But 'Eraserhead' (the second track) takes you back to typical Pendragon. And it is a culture shock.

Neo-prog seems to be plagued by inadequate vocalists, who talk rather than wholeheartedly sing. I call it 'The Fish effect'. In theory, it might allow the rest of the music to shine through, but this is the music of a band. It is a 'cocktail' of ingredients, and each ingredient needs to pull its weight. In this instance I feel that the vocals are a dead weight.

If you like Pendragon's music you'll probably like this. If, like me, you aren't so keen, then don't expect to be flattered. What you get is 53 minutes of adequate Neo-prog, though nothing outstanding. Pendragon's music with an occasional 'hard' guitar bit.

The new saviour of Neo-prog? I think not.

sussexbowler | 3/5 |

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