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5 stars I´ve started to listen to the new Magnum´s stuff "PRINCESS ALICE AND THE BROKEN ARROW " with a big expectations because Magnum are one of my favourites in rock music genre. I´m glad that my expectations were right because new Magnum´s album is exactly what I´ve expected... strong catchy melodies, sometimes with a bit mysterious fantasy atmospheres. Whole album is in a vein of Magnum´s classics from the ´80, full of catchy rythms and great melodic parts. As usually the best on the album are the brilliant Bob Catley´s vocals, for me one of the best vocalist in hard rock music ever !!! Finally I can only say that this is a true hard rock Masterpiece!
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Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 | Review Permalink
3 stars I was pleasantly surprised by this album as I haven't bought anything by Magnum for a number of years. I felt they lost their way during the late 80s and on into the 90s so they drifted off my radar.

The thing that actually got my attention concerning this release was the cover art. It is pretty cool and kind of reminds me of the fantasy art that bedecked so many prog albums in the 70s. Of course, the fact that the album was getting good reviews in various places was not to be ignored. So I decided to check it out.

Whilst there is nothing all that ground-breaking in evidence, strong riffs, delicate melodies, and killer hooks abound. The songs are all very well-crafted and produced and seem to have more of the power that I associated with Magnum. This all adds up to a pretty impressive whole and I rate the first 5 songs as five stars each. The second half of the album is not quite so strong but the tracks still weigh in around the 3.5 - 4 mark.

Overall I give the album 4 stars but I'm rating it here as 3 because as much as I like it, I can't really class it as an excellent addition to a prog music collection. Though I'm sure many progheads will enjoy this release as much as I have.

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Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2007 | Review Permalink
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2 stars When We Were Younger

In recent times it has become popular for classic bands to record follow-ups to their most well- regarded albums from their early days. Eloy's Ocean 2, Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime 2, Ian Anderson's Thick As A Brick 2, and Rick Wakeman's Return To The Centre Of The Earth, are just a few examples. Magnum's Princess Alice And The Broken Arrow is the follow-up to their classic On A Storyteller's Night album from 1985. The original album has never been my favourite Magnum album, and it is even disputable whether it really is the classic Magnum album, even if it certainly are among their most popular and significant ones. Other candidates are Chase The Dragon and Wings Of Heaven.

The style is indeed more similar here to that of On A Storyteller's Night than to anything they have done in the years between. Or before, for that matter. This is good news for those who liked the 1985 album, but it is not necessarily good news for Prog fans. Arguably, the most progressive Magnum albums were the pre-On A Storyteller's Night ones. And even some songs from their later albums were far more proggy than anything from On A Storyteller's Night (the excellent Don't Wake The Lion from Wings Of Heaven being the prime example).

I guess that some Magnum fans will regard the present album as a return to form, but for me it is not better than their previous two studio efforts Brand New Morning and Breath Of Life. But of course it is better than their weak 90's albums! The quality of the songs on Princess Alice And The Broken Arrow is not low at all and there are indeed some nice moments here, the nostalgic opener When We Were Younger being one. Still, I cannot give this album the same rating as the 1985 album, or some other of the band's better albums from the 80's and 70's.

Primarily for Magnum fans this one, not for the average Prog fan

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Posted Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Review Permalink
4 stars This was the third Magnum album after their reunion, and it's another high-quality slab of material from the band - certainly suggesting they still had some fresh ideas to offer. It's not a revolutionary release - still largely in that strange middle ground between neo-prog, the poppier flavours of NWOBHM and melodic rock rock that their classic albums occupy, this time around with substantially less in the way of NWOBHM and more of those other two ingredients. It's a bit more introspective than, say On a Storyteller's Night, as the wistful album opener When We Were Younger strongly emphasises, but it's a delightful development of Magnum's music into a mature style.
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