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4.22 | 1019 ratings

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4 stars 4.5 stars really!

Sometimes I wonder if this album, actually this band, can really be considered prog. Sure, we find some keyboards, some nice passages very Symphonic Prog like, but it sounds a bit more classic rock to me. Despite this, "Leftoverture" is a great album, definitely an enjoyable experience all the way through.

The style, like I said, sounds more like classic rock to me, especially in the opener, the famous "Carry On Wayward Son". There are some interesting prog like passages, noticeable in the final track "Magnum Opus" and "Cheyenne Anthem", thanks to the keyboard virtuosity and the guitar passages. There are some great vocals, as well as some nice and pondering bass lines, great riffs, and nice arrangements. Another appreciating element of this album is the structure, very solid and with some wonderfully alternated moods.

If you ask me, the key songs would be the excellent and famous "Carry On Wayward Son", the interesting alternation between experimental arrangements and catchy melodies in "Miracles Out Of Nowhere", the great and fascinating moods of "Cheyenne Anthem", and, of course, the gem of the album, the epic 8 minutes of "Magnum Opus", with it's mind blowing alternations of different moods, all of them fantastic and enjoyable. Another interesting piece is "Questions Of My Childhood", a brief but effective song that always fascinates me.

To sum up, a great album, like I said, and definitely a great addiction to any music collection. But I'm still not so sure they're 100% prog.

EatThatPhonebook | 4/5 |


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