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THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII

Rick Wakeman

 

Symphonic Prog

4.09 | 834 ratings

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Neo-Romantic
3 stars Meh... That's what I think when this album comes to mind. I play it in the car on a fairly consistent basis as it makes decent background music I don't mind breaking up on little day-to- day trips, but it really doesn't stand out as anything special and doesn't leave me feeling floored or inspired by any stretch of the imagination.

Wakeman's playing and variety from piece to piece are in top form, don't get me wrong, and he has enlisted the help of some very talented musicians for this album, but I really don't see what all the hype is. It's just a collection of six well-crafted, polished compositions that display Wakeman's talent and diversity. The catch? The pieces are pretty emotionally flat to me and only become more tedious and uninspiring with each passionless repetition.

Because of the level of talent and compositional prowess Wakeman shows by putting out six unique pieces that admittedly are nice on the first couple listens, I don't want to rate the album lower than 3 stars, but this truly does encapsulate the "good, but non-essential" rating and all this rating's bland, forgettable nature represents. It's not so inaccessible that only fans can appreciate the album, but it doesn't reward repeated listens like I expect from a masterpiece album, or even an excellent one for that matter.

Neo-Romantic | 3/5 |

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