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SNOWTORCH

Phideaux

 

Crossover Prog

4.19 | 829 ratings

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pagan97
5 stars After some buildup and fanfare, the greatly anticipated "Snowtorch" has arrived. All I can say is- phenomenal! I was one of the lucky ones to be chosen to receive the free uncompressed download of this album, including artwork, and I am so glad to have been given this honor. It is only fair to reciprocate in kind and provide my review of the (almost) final CD. As always, I will be brief, so as not to ruin any of the fun of the first listen.

I was surprised yet pleased with the direction of this album. There is quite a bit of the ghost of ELP hiding in the corners here, as well as some YES and Genesis, making this one go down smooth and steady. The lyrics are great as always, the production value high, and the mix rich with atmosphere. The whole thing is pleasing to the ears, from the tinkling of the driving piano to the glorious female vocals, with nary a misstep.

My only qualm is the length: more please! The 2 main epic tracks are grand (clocking in at close to 20 mins. ea.), with the shorter Hex serving as a bridge between the two parts (hemispheres perhaps?) and a final untitled epilogue that is quite tiny but obviously not an after-thought. This is a total of 4 tracks, with the last not being listed, so it appears as 3 tracks on the album artwork.

Certainly add this one to your wishlist if you are already a fan of Phideaux. If you are new to PX's world, go grab Doomsday Afternoon now so you will be ready when the solstice arrives, along with the landing of Snowtorch at your online/local store. I am sure it will prove to be one of the highlights of 2011.

pagan97 | 5/5 |

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