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tszirmay
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4 stars This merry troupe keeps delivering the goods, a predisposition to make 2cd albums (get the special edition with the New York suite) a la Flower Kings WITHOUT overdoing it , honing their craft with purpose. At first, I also felt that it was not as yummy as previous albums (gone are the overt "Yes-isms") but with repeated listens , I think this may be their most mature yet relaxed release yet. Magenta now has the presence and the recipe to claim its rightful place among prog's elite, mainly in view of Christina Booth constantly improving delivery (besides being a damn attractive young lady!!!) as witnessed on "Home" , "The Journey" , "Journey's End", "Moving On" and "Towers" . Annie Haslam, your future is here and now!!!. She is truly mesmerizing. Rob Reed has a knack for simple yet effective symphonics , supplying lovely melodies on synths and piano. The lead guitars are less derivative than in earlier efforts, with Fry and Rosser getting more cohesive , keeping things expressive and dramatic, with occasional bluesy hints that are most welcome. Throw in some Uillean Pipes and a little hint of Celtic colloratura, some fine bottom end contributions from the rythm section and you wind up with an opus that GROWS on you . The New York Suite on the second CD is perhaps more exploratory and is a wonderful companion to the Home CD, showing fans that , along with their sparkling Live album and their DVD, this band can do it all , in front of a public or in studio. We had Crimson, now we have Magenta, seems like a progression, no? I have now no doubts that the next one will be following tradition. 4 abodes
tszirmay | 4/5 |

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