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TURN OF THE CARDS

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

4.05 | 428 ratings

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yesfan88
5 stars I bought this after listening to the mp3 of Mother Russia on Progarchives... thanks for providing those, they really help when people are album shopping.

Anyway, Turn of the Cards is excellent and wonderful. The beginning piano in Running Hard is really good, and I like the rest of the song as well. Annie Haslam is my favorite female vocalist of all time, and her presence is really what makes this album a masterpiece. I Think of You is also a very good song, although some of you on this site seem not to like ballads very much. Things I Don't Understand is nice and has a catchy chorus that will have you singing along. Black Flame is one of my favorites from the album, especially because it has a prominent harpsichord part. Any band that will use a harpsichord (or harpsichord-sounding keyboard, I'm not sure) in rock music deserves to be congratulated. Cold is Being is probably the weakest point of Turn of the Cards, but it is not a bad song by any means.

Mother Russia gets it's own paragraph because it is unquestionably the highlight of the album. It is so beautiful and sad that it gives me chills. It reminds me of a book I read in sophomore English class in high school: "A Day in the Live of Ivan Denisovich". It's about a guy in a work camp in Siberia for saying something negative about the Russian government. Mother Russia gets a similar story across in a much shorter time and a more enjoyable fashion. And, Annie Haslam has a beautiful voice, so it would be difficult to dislike any decent song that she was singing.

This is a masterpiece and is absolutely vital for any prog fan to have in his or her collection. Five stars, no question.

yesfan88 | 5/5 |

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