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Symphonic Prog

3.65 | 94 ratings

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Trickster F.
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4 stars 21st Century Symphonic Prog Done Right!

I for one can not explain why I got this release. I never liked Kansas nearly as much as I liked classic 70's Symphonic Prog groups, however, knowing that a new release is out by the group, which consists of many members of the famous American group, I decided to give it a spin, initially expecting I would not like "music made by geezers in the new century".

Boy, was I wrong! This music reveals the age of the musicians in the way of experience and skill developed over the years not in the way of derivative, boring and aged ideas. Speaking of the latter, the sound hasn't just aged well, for it has adapted the ideas of the modern music as well - while it clearly sounds like old Kansas at times, also taking after other 70's classic groups on the top of this site's lists, it features a more modern sound, crucial to being accepted even among the more loyal fans, as well as interesting ethno-folkish twists. Besides of course Kerry Livgren's inspiring guitar playing, one needs to tribute also Lynn Meredith for his emotional singing and John Bolton, who inspired you to learn to play the flute even better.

Album's grand opener Nevermore is also, in my opinion, one of the most powerful tracks here, and I can spot even some Eastern influences in the music. Overall, it is an emotional, strong, atmospheric song with vocals that are sadder than on any other track on the CD. Relics of the Tempest and When the Rains Come contain some of my favourite John Bolton's work, whereas The Vigil should be pointed as the happiest song here, which one could call the hymn of our life. Osvaldo's Groceries, an instrumental, is the album's most technical, weird track but also quite interesting. I especially like a few parts from it. Old Number 63, with elements of both traditional rock'n'roll and jazz fusion, is also one of my favourites here - a fun song with a great rhythm section that almost sends the listener dancing. One also can not forget to mention Craig Kew's excellent basswork not only on this track but on the album as a whole - creative bass playing that is present and can be heard throughout the record! Overall, I have to say that the songwriting is great, the musicianship is top-notch and has no faults whatsoever and every song shows the group's special sound, offering something new.

Therefore, the conclusion drawn is that The Wait Of Glory is arguably one of the most important releases this year and should have a place in the collection of every person who appreciates the classic 70's prog sound. Not often does it happen that a group of musicians, who have been in it for a long time, can put out an album as interesting, and refreshing as this! If you, by any chance, come to thinking whether you should get this or, say, the new Flower Kings/Tangent, without hesitating this should be your choice! Not only are the artists behind the music the pioneers of the scene but they still have more energy and passion combined with songwriting talent incomparable to that of other retro/neo/modern Symphonic prog groups nowadays. I had previously lost faith in buying Symphonic prog records done after the golden age and did not regret my purchase, and neither should you! Get this if you have the chance, as it is one of the finest examples of talent that doesn't fade with time! A solid, excellent addition to any prog music collection easily!

Trickster F. | 4/5 |


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