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3.90 | 514 ratings

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4 stars What it lacks in innovation, it makes up for with talent, sincerity and sheer, pleasurable listenability. I tend to find bands that are especially keyboard heavy to be somewhat tiresome, but Clive Nolan's talents are well put to use here, being all things tasteful, restrained and lovely without sliding into bombast. Nick Barret's guitarwork, while at times recalling David Gilmour a little bit too closely, is at once atmospheric and driving throughout the album. Even the bass, often lost in the mix, has a heft and focus that pushes the songs forward and keeps the overall sound of the band tied together. The only fault lies largely with with both Barret's vocals and his songwriting: Many lines meant to come off as romantic instead reveal themselves as hammy cliches, and Barret's voice doesn't have the range or dramatic rumble to carry some of the more intense vocal passages.

Not of this World won't change anyone's mind when it comes to the faults and merits of progressive rock, but as a prog rock album that's firmly rooted in tradition, it is a pleasant, at times even epic, excursion that fans of classic prog such as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd and Rush will find a delight.

40footwolf | 4/5 |


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