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Beggars Opera


Symphonic Prog

3.02 | 11 ratings

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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. "All Tomorrows Thinking" is the second of these.

One might ask why a band finds a reason to issue three different albums in one year. Part of the answer lies in the content of this CD, as the material provided here explores another part of the stylistic universe Beggars Opera has chosen to travel in. Art rock with strong symphonic tendencies, liberally flavored with space-tinged textures in rich arrangements, in some respects comparable to Pink Floyd I guess, but most of all a band emphasizing one aspect of their own unique sound. Well worth picking up for those fond of that part of their repertoire, and a good place to get to know the contemporary version of this veteran act.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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