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THE WHIRLWIND

Transatlantic

 

Symphonic Prog

4.05 | 904 ratings

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JCDenton
5 stars What upsets me is how everyone tries to see this as one long song. It's got its divisions, ideas that flow into each other, and though all essentially relative to each other, it's not really different than many concept albums out there to me. This album is bound to receive praise and criticism for containing the longest song in the world (at least formally structured Prog and excluding music containing drones). But this album contains some excellent examples of reprises. No idea is wasted, and everything is expanded on enough. This album is too satisfying. The Whirlwind theme comes back multiple times, and my favorite is when we get sneak peaks of the lick from "Dancing" early in the album and in the middle. It's like a movie with great replay value that you come back to again and again, because there's more to find with each and every viewing.

Musicianship is top-notch, and the album is one of the few that strives to be as "epic" as possible. It doesn't sound like Spock's Beard to me. Spock's Beard tried to show off its classical roots, while this group happens to feature Morse, but the Transatlantic sound is a sound that tries to be big, epic, and goose bump-inducing. This album is a tremendous effort, and these guys succeed greatly. "It doesn't have enough to support 77 minutes". Again, look at this as if you're listening to an album. Not a song that takes days to listen to.

One of the finest pieces of Progressive music.

JCDenton | 5/5 |

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