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4 stars In terms of memory sequence, I will mention TOTO, KANSAS, BOSTON (AOR version) at times, then SAGA, AYREON, THE CARS, SIMPLE MINDS, DEPECHE MODE, XTC and even TALK TALK!

In terms of titles, from a distance it sounds proggy, up close it goes all over the place, just enough to put the replay button back on! 'Lies and Consequences' catchy synth pop intro tune, a little techno, electro then the rhythm calms down a little too much, fortunately the solo mixing these different roots has the most beautiful effect. 'I Love You from Memory' starts with a haunting, plaintive, cool ballad and an overly plaintive voice, with a prog space on the piano, then it sounds like trumpets then an almost jazzy synth solo and a calm ending; "Consider Her Ways" has a strong voice in the chorus, on the other hand the tune is very catchy with SAGA and THE CARS in the crosshairs. Already "Dial" and a calm, gentle composition, almost a ballad bringing halfway through the title a sparkling, explosive guitar which will raise the moods and the memories, a real gem! "Here I Am" for a piece by AYREON, allowing your ears to be taken aback by all these musical influences.

"The Gentleman" airy pop air, almost post rock and an acoustic guitar bringing an FM title to the guitar and synth solo. Tracks 7, 8 and 10 lean towards electro pop synth for me, as if SIMPLE MINDS, TALK TALK and other DEPECHE MODE had given birth, one would even believe at a certain moment that the titles were made for the radios as the air is catchy: Electronic/dance/prog maybe. "Let Her Sleep" won't let you sleep! We have KING CRIMSON "Red" version, extreme looking XTC, even MARYLIN MANSON's phrasing, it's disturbing and innovative. My second favorite just before "Kill Devil Hills" and the certainty that the album is stamped PROG, a 14-minute track with calm, gentle upbeat then tortured solo before an ambient return around four minutes; crescendo and new enjoyable explosion of instruments before starting again with the measured tune of the beginning and a new solo departure with this time a guitar reminding me of Hassan's. A calm Genesisian ending.

alainPP | 4/5 |


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