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SUDDENLY AHEAD AHEAD

Beggars Opera

 

Symphonic Prog

3.50 | 2 ratings

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Windhawk
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4 stars The Scottish band BEGGARS OPERA had its heyday in the early 70's, back then issuing a trio of albums that are generally well regarded. Their recording career went into decline after that, however, and after 1980's "Lifeline" they went on a hiatus. A partial reformation by some members resulted in the less than thrilling effort "The Final Curtain" in 1996 as something of a last whimper. Then in 2007 original guitarist Ricky Gardiner and vocalist Virginia Scott returned with the album "Close to My Heart", and in 2009 this was followed by "Touching the Edge". And these days this reformed version of Beggars Opera seems to have reached some sort of creative peak, issuing no less than 3 full albums in 2010. "Suddenly Ahead Ahead" is the first of these.

Beggars Opera continues exploring pretty much the same territory on this album as on their previous two efforts, art rock compositions with distinct symphonic tendencies and occasional proclivities in the direction of bands like Pink Floyd. Perhaps slightly more mainstream-oriented on this CD, possibly reaching out to a wider audience, but those who enjoyed their previous two efforts should find this first of their 2010 productions to cater for their musical tastes quite nicely.

Windhawk | 4/5 |

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