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4 stars The Crying for Help songs from the former two studio albums (Songs from the lions cage, Pride) are combined, rearranged, and given a proper name for this EP. Some songs where rerecorded, and two songs where newly added (Theme and The Healer). Theme is the intro for an alternative version of the Cry, on Pride this was an accapella piece, this version is vocals accompagnied by accoustic guitar, I'm still not sure which version I prefer, there both very strong and compelling. Overall it's quite a laid-back sort of album, mainly carried and driven by Clive Nolan's keyboard wizardship, strong mellow tunes and an occassional guitarpart. The Healer is the last song on this EP, it's a nice hard-rock anthemic song, just loosely affiliated with the overall theme. a good song on itself, but slightly misplaced given the nature of the other songs. this is a good album to enjoy, but not one you should start with, listen to Pride, The visitor and Songs from the lions cage first. would be a more proper introduction to the style of the band. I give it four stars, but I'm a big Fan :-)
tuxon | 4/5 |


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