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3 stars The story has been told in the bio and the other reviews of modern progressive recording artists to form a so called super group but what results here is exactly what happened when 4 other superstars came together in the 80's, Asia. I don't hear very many of the trappings of traditional progressive music here. There are no wild time signatures or epics. I hear some really good Arena rock and power metal ballads but Prog? I don't think so. Track 7, Perfect Sense, could have been on the initial Asia album. A little keyboard sound in the mix and people deem it is prog.

Rather than trying to go on by saying what it is maybe I should move on to what it isn't. It is not adventurous, every note of every solo is carefully crafted. It is not progressive, all of this music has been done before. So if you are looking for that type of CD here you will not find it.

What you will find are some very well crafted pop/rock songs with decent vocals and a slick production. In other words very little soul or passion. This is a very safe CD. Try Spiraling if you want better neo-prog.

I do like the track People. it has the most interesting chord structure and styling.

If you like Asia, Europe(Final Countdown) later 70's Styx you will probably really like this CD. This is a rock album not a prog rock album. For that reason I cannot conscience higher than a three for this and that is a stretch. 3 max.

Garion81 | 3/5 |


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