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Crossover Prog

3.79 | 242 ratings

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3 stars I was mostly disappointed with 2-CD The Garden which would have been much better 40% shorter. Australians are again operating with a wide track length scale in the Flower Kings style, but much more convincingly this time. Artificial suite is over 50 minutes long 10-part epic, and in addition to that, one nearly 10-minute track and two shorter ones. The music shifts between straight pop/rock and symphonic prog, in a way that you probably have heard dozens of times. Nothing new under the sun here, but the result is quite enjoyable. A huge improvement over The Garden anyway.

The suite almost holds my interest all the way; a couple of angrier sections I rather skip. Lyrics I presume to be thoughful in its criticism about modern society - frankly I'm not paying much attention to the lyrics in prog nowadays. The most notable feature is how directly 'Nothing Lasts Forever' sounds like The Beatles, nothing wrong with that of course. There are many highlights to the suite that make an emotional impact.

The three other tracks were all quite good. A solid and entertaining crossover-prog album but not essential. 3 stars.

Matti | 3/5 |


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