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CINEMA DU VIEUX CARTIER

Red Sand

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5 stars Red Sand from Canada are back with a new offering, "Cinema du Vieux Cartier", and it has certainly been worth the year's wait. They are back to their old form displayed in "Mirror of Insanity" and "Gentry". Great melodies in every song. The good news is the return of the constant keyboard washes and solos that abound in every song. They have a new keyboardist who is terrific (Simon's daughter). Can you spell "n-e-p-o-t-i-s-m", ha-ha. The guitars, bass and drums, as always, are top-notch. I really enjoy the up-front sound of the drums. Steff is back on the vocals and as good and as dramatic as ever. The production is crystal clear. The only bad news is that the second song listed on P.A., "Superhero", only appears on the special limited edition! I ordered very early, but not early enough as I was sent a regular copy. So no comments about "Superhero", very disappointing. For fans of Red Sand this will be a great listen. Highly recommended, but hey, that's just one opinion. And for the those few who will claim "clonism" as usual, just sit back, turn up the volume, relax, and enjoy it. Coke was the first cola, but I never turn down a Pepsi, Levis were the first blue jeans but Wranglers are cool, right??? Well...actually...I wouldn't be caught dead in Wranglers, but you get the point. Great offering from Red Sand, ENJOY IT.

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Posted Friday, August 02, 2013 | Review Permalink
2 stars I read a bunch of reviews on Progarchives and I was hoping for some wonderfull Marillion- esque of Pendragon-esque neoprogressive rock.

I really can't say, that I enjoyed this cd at all! The production is terrible, the singer is not good. Most of the time he's just of tune.

The drums are annoying the crap out of me. There's no atmosphere on the album. It sounds as though I'm listening to a debut-album. But this is their 6th or 7th album!!!

Some parts, especially the softer parts, are not that bad. The guitarist and the pianist are quite allright. But the singing and drumming ruins it all for me.

I will not trash this record, because these people really did their best. But I will never, ever play something from this band again.

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Posted Monday, August 12, 2013 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Red Sand are a good six albums into their career now, and that's the sort of point where you really expect a band to have developed their own identity. On the evidence of Cinema du Vieux Cartier, however, Red Sand are no closer to doing this than they were on their debut album: they're still essentially in the business of mimicing the achievements of neo-prog bands past (particularly Fish-era Marillion and World-era Pendragon). It's a pleasant listen, but it lacks distinctive character and offers no compelling reason to give Red Sand any special attention in preference to any other reasonably competent neo-prog outfit.

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Posted Friday, September 06, 2013 | Review Permalink

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