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CONTRA-MANTRA

Jaugernaut (a.d.)

 

Crossover Prog

3.01 | 6 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars The least that I can say is that their prior album (released in ?1983) was not exactly the type of album you would like to review / listen to. Prog was totally alien from this album which I could only rate with the minimum of one star.

It was then a major and pleasant surprise to discover the opening number from this work: the long "Anthem" is a very good song that mixes good hard-rock, solid keyboards parts, theme changes, and fine vocal harmonies. An excellent start which quite surprised me! But when it is good, one also needs to mention it.

Not all songs are on the same level: the musical style of the band reverts to its AOR oriented music; but even so a track like "The Damage Is Done" is not too bad. This album should also be considered as the work of one person (Jim Johnston) more than a band actually.

He is in charge of almost all departments and his vocals are quite good. Song writing is basic for most of the songs but the whole is acceptable; even if prog music is not too much present ("Better Living Thru Anarchy").

The longest song of this album ("Doing It The Hard Way") also features a more sophisticated treat just as during the opening song. The structure is similar: an instrumental intro, theme changes etc. Still, this one is less achieved but pleasant. The beat is oppressive and the vocal parts are very well crafted.

All in all, this album is not bad at all, but the majority of the tracks leans too much on the AOR side to rate it with three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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