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Crossover Prog

3.25 | 140 ratings

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3 stars Well, sometimes such a different music project works so well, by means of this strange collaboration between a lively and "fertile" musician like Chris Squire from Yes and the legendary guitarist.

Recently Steve has been a guest star in a "Christmas" album by Chris feeling for this Duo is growing after a repeated listening and moreover some good tunes such as "Perfect Love Song", "Divided Self" or "The Summer Backwards" are not bad, being indicated by someone as a good compromise; but for me- probably- the title track better represents the experiment by this super Duo: helped by the Roger King's keyboards, following the progression of the rythmical pattern and enriching the guitar lines in the best manner, Steve and Chris are perfectly fitted into this new music project!! Think of the easy harmony by the orchestrations, supporting the same rythmical section even in the simple structure in 4/4 : well it's a good idea and nevermind if the vocal parts are not remarkable, in spite of the interesting melodies. Anyway I confirm the effectiveness of their lyrics and at the end the old fans but also the new listeners can appreciate the intelligent effort by these famous British musicians!! Ok generally it's a "shrewd" partnership, sometimes a little bit resembling the "mainstream" rock of a kind nowadays, but it's quite personal and original too after all.

Even though please forget the prog epics here: for example I think that the track "Tall Ships", the second one, despite of reducing the pathos and resembling the Zeppeling mood too much, is original in the effects and harmony by Steve, well supported by the rhytmical bass pattern by Chris, quite "funky" (what a good idea!!), but I cannot regard it as a "prog" tune...Anyway a mature ensemble They are, able to create something different in comparison to their typical quality standard that you can recognize inside their solo music projects. Unfortunately it's difficult to "label" this music as "progressive music", also regarding of the homogeneous nine tracks from the beginning to the end...but nevermind, my evaluation is "three stars and an half" and the whole album is quite recommended as well, after all!

lor68 | 3/5 |


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