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Symphonic Prog

2.41 | 116 ratings

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2 stars Oh my!

Losing keyboadist John Tout and drummer Terrence Sullivan, Renaissance seemed to bow to the brilliant record company executives, and throw their successful style out the window.

On the surface, the opening track, Camera Camera seems to be a compromise between the symphonic style of the old Renaissance and the eletro new wave of the execs wet dreams. Annie Haslam sounds a bit like she is imitating Kate Bush, with some high pitched trills, and bassist Jon Camp plays some decent bass lines. The music attempts a litlle bit of symphonic overtones, but it doesn't go very far.

And that is the best part of the album. After that, there are only vague hints of what the band once was, with slight references to the prog past, and too much emphasis on nauseatingly simplistic synthesizers.

At least they haven't stooped to posing for a cover with a close-up photo of the band sporting embarrassing a980's hairdos.

Barely two stars.

Evolver | 2/5 |


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