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TIME-LINE

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

1.64 | 78 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars Blondie?

1983 is often considered the very lowest point of the Prog time-line and not without reason. Many of the classic Prog bands released their worst ever albums in (or around) that year. Renaissance is no exception with Time-Line hardly being one of their better albums. Still, it might be argued that the new direction taken here by itself energized the band after a couple of albums in steady decline. Some songs have a New Wave flavour and come across quite a bit as Blondie which is bound to turn many fans of the classic Renaissance off. However, there are some good moments too that saves the album from utter mediocrity.

Like the Barclay James Harvest of the 80's the line up here consists of only three core members with a bunch of hired guns. The core consists of Annie Haslam, Jon Camp and Michael Dunford who provide vocals, bass and guitars. There are no less than three keyboard players and two drummers including Nick Magnus of Steve Hackett band fame and Ian Mosley later of Marillion.

Auto-Tech has male vocals and sounds very much like Electric Light Orchestra and is actually one of the better songs here with some nice piano and keyboard work. The songs that sound most like Renaissance as we know them best is probably Distant Horizons and Flight which are another two decent songs. It is here that Annie's voice is most recognizable instead of sounding like Debbie Harry like on the chorus of Chagrin Boulevard or Electric Avenue. The absolute low point is Orient Express with its heavy brass section making it cringe-worthy.

Time-Line might appeal to fans of Crossover Prog and Pop Prog, but fans of classic Renaissance are bound to be confused and dissatisfied with this outing.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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