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4.07 | 824 ratings

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4 stars I am a young listener of prog, steeped in prog's earlier music, like Rush, Yes, and now Gentle Giant and a handful of others. This album is one my first forays into modern prog rock.

I was introduced to this band by having My New World played for me by my Gentle Giant station. I heard it and went, "Wow..." I was blown away. I was in love. That amazing song inspired me to purchase SMPT:e, from which that track was from.

All of the Above clocks at just under 31 minutes and is currently the longest individual song on my iPod. This track has grown on me and I thoroughly enjoy it. I find the "Camoflaged in blue" section a little less interesting than the rest, but that is one small section of this massive song. (4.5/5)

We All Need Some Light is a fine track. Nothing too different. It is a fine ballad. (4/5)

Mystery Train is another standout on this great album. The whole song is catchy in its non-4/4 rhythm-ness, which is hard to do. The guitar riffs and perfect vocal harmonies are what I enjoy most about this song. (5/5)

My New World has quickly become one of my favorite songs. I love Stolt's guitar playing in this song. He reminds me a lot of Steve Howe which is great in my book. Stolt's voice is also a great addition to this song, providing a refreshing change of pace with Neal Morse's singing. What I find most stellar about this song is that it is "one" song. Most long tracks are segmented songs put together, linked to each other by lyrical threads but not musical ones. My New World continues musical themes throughout, which enough repitition to have continuity but not bore you. This is my favorite track off this album. (5/5)

In Held ('Twas) In I is one track that I don't enjoy as much. For one, I do not know the original Procol Harum song, so I do not know how this cover stacks up the real song. The song is alright, not great. (3/5)

This album is one that I enjoy a lot and will continue to enjoy. I cannot wait to purchase Transatlantic's other albums. I hope they are as fine a treat as their debut has been.

AnalogLlama4 | 4/5 |


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