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Crossover Prog

3.30 | 82 ratings

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3 stars In hindsight...

From their inception in the late 70's up until the late 90's, Saga's studio output was a very bumpy ride with the quality of their albums ranging from the very best to the very worst; taking in the whole spectrum from masterpiece (Generation 13) to disaster (Wildest Dreams, The Pleasure & The Pain). With 1999's Full Circle, however, Saga entered into a period of remarkable stability of quality that, evidenced by the present album, continues to the present day. Avoiding both the ups and the downs of previous decades, the new millennium has seen Saga releasing an impressively consistent series of albums - all of them good. Not even the temporary loss of original front man Michael Sadler could shake the group's newfound confidence.

With this album Sadler returns to the fold again and all is well. The band's sound remains unchanged and 20/20 is nothing more and nothing less than another good Saga album. The ten new songs are typical Saga tunes, strong, melodic, full of Saga's well-known trademarks. The only surprise here is that they still manage to keep it up and produce such good music in the same style on album after album after album without falling into a creative slump. They are still a very good band, and there is no sign of them losing their grip. On the other hand, there is also no sign of them wanting to push any boundaries and expand in any direction. This is Saga in their comfort zone, but still sounding fresh and relevant.

In conclusion, there is no reason to be disappointed with 20/20 if you expect more of the same good music as Saga has produced in the last 13 years. But if you expect something ground breaking, you would better look elsewhere.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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