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3.31 | 33 ratings

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2 stars Quasar's Fire In the Sky presents a set of the songs that had the potential to be a really nice concept album based around spacey UFO themes. Unfortunately, it's sabotaged by two things; the first is the production, and the second is the weak patches in the compositions.

As far as the production goes, there's no two ways about it: it stinks, and the vocals in particular are very badly affected. The album has a fuzzy, murky sound to it with only a few keyboard-led sections having any clarity to them whatsoever. Consequently, the finer points of the group's performance are obscured, which is a shame from what I can hear they seem like a pretty tight band. When it comes to the compositions, though, there are points where a particular lyrical or musical theme is leaned on a little too heavily - not horribly so, but enough to make me think the songs could have been improved with a bit of polishing.

On balance, I'm inclined to say Quasar's great tragedy was that they went into the studio a little too early; had they spent just a little bit longer smoothing out the rough edges on their songs, and had they held out until they had enough momentum behind them to get a somewhat better production quality on the album, it's quite likely they'll have been able to knock this album up a rank or two. (Granted, I don't know how viable that was given the band's circumstances at the time, but given that IQ, Twelfth Night, and Pendragon were all able to record albums with decent production values on small independent or self-managed labels at around this time I don't think it's an unreasonable expectation.) As it is, they ended up with a product which, despite showing promise, sounds more like a hastily-assembled demo tape than a fully realised album.

Warthur | 2/5 |


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