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4.16 | 657 ratings

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2 stars Neo-what? This music reminds me of the turn away from prog in the late 70s and 80s. Over and over I've listened to this soap opera music and have yet to have a song that draws me back, that becomes memorable (though the first instrumental, "This Way Madness LIes," comes close). Were it not for the pedigreed band members--which, unfortunately, raise one's expectations quite a bit--and excellent recording and sound production, this album would have gone immediately into my ASIA/JOURNEY/FOREIGNER/SURVIVOR/DEF LEPPARD "Do Not Resuscitate" bin (which is one whose discs never see the light of day again and most often get dumped at some resale shop.) I can't even seem to find any redeeming qualities to justify elevating them to my STYX/REO SPEEDWAGON/KANSAS/RUSH/ SUPERTRAMP "Re-listen ... LATER" bin--which is one box higher than the previous--and whose members at least earn the privilege of staying in my collection.

Please help me out here: What about this music, this album, is prog? Too bad, cuz I'm a big John Mitchell fan.

BrufordFreak | 2/5 |


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