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Rick Wakeman


Symphonic Prog

3.73 | 342 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars After listening one story in Grumpy Old Rock Star, I knew that I have to get this album sooner or later. Now is sooner.

It is all these nasty adjectives which people use to describe Journey - pompous, pretentious, grandiose and some others. But for me, they are positive ones, they are advantages. Adventurous, not bounded by anything (except budget). Symphonic (they have orchestra), extremely melodic, concept album depicting quite good story (there are more complex, but also less enjoyable Verne stories). Fine homage, even narrated parts are my least favourite. Garry Pickford-Hopkins is great vocalist, with tender (lower pitched Jon Anderson almost) and mellow voice.

4(+), so basically there is not much things to hate. It's quite original (music) too, it's big (and I like such megalomanic projects) and most of all, I like it. It's very important indicator here, because when you like it, you can appreciate. Otherwise, you'll end up like those who strongly dislike it. There are usually two poles, not much opinions left between them.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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