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3.54 | 161 ratings

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4 stars This is an excellent album, inspired by this band's heroes, Pink Floyd. You can tell straight away that these handle that type of material very well, they were, after all, a Floyd cover band at one time! But this stands up well in its own right. The shortest song on the cd is the first song, the mid-paced title track itself. This band capture the listener right away, as the song is very catchy, whilst the chorus is dominated by a superb guitar riff. Good stuff! "Waiting For A Smile" is another fine tune, a longer, slower one this time, which has a nice, gentle instrumental section almost reminiscent of Genesis in parts. Again, good stuff. "I Don't Know (What It's Like) is shorter, slow to mid-paced, with, again, a catchy tune. "Sugar For The Ape" is a little different. It reminds me, in the first half, of Hendrix slightly. The chorus then kicks in, and brings back a sound more identifiable with RPWL. Excellent. "Side By Side" is another long 'un! Very gentle, with good melody, whilst the second half is a very quiet instrumental, almost ethereal in style. "You" is one of the highlights for me. This is very influenced by Floyd, with excellent verse, building to a memorable chorus. I love this one. "Tell Me Why" is another mid-paced effort, and, again, catchy. This band certainly know how to right solid yet interesting tunes! "Believe Me" is a little slower, with, yes, another catchy verse and chorus. "Sunday Morning" is wonderful. Another Floyd-inspired effort, it would fit in quite nicely on side one of "Meddle" Finally comes my favourite track, the superb "Home Again". This is, without a doubt, the track most influenced by Floyd. Atmospheric, well crafted, haunting, and eminently repeatable, it is also the longest song on the album. And, it has something you don't very often get on this cd, a brilliantly understated Gimlouresque solo from Karlheinz Wallner. This cd oozes class, and whilst some Floyd fans would deride it as derivative, I would say to others, buy and enjoy. It deserves its place in a Floyd fan's collection. Not quite 5 stars, but not far off it. If Floyd had never existed, this would be a masterpiece. 4.75 on the richter scale!
chessman | 4/5 |


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