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Magrathea

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3.48 | 29 ratings | 8 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Reunion (6:42)
2. Shadows Of Ignorance (5:42)
3. Magical Box (5:03)
4. The Man Who Loved Flowers (7:18)
5. Galadriel (6:19)
6. Brainwash (6:11)
7. Birds Of Fire (6:04)
8. Agoraphobic (5:40)
9. Fear Of The Unknown (5:02)
10. Dreamscape (8:39)

Total Time: 62:40

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Line-up / Musicians

- Glen Alexander / keyboards, drums, vocals
- Gary Gordon / guitars, bass

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CD Self Produced (2004)

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MAGRATHEA Legends ratings distribution


3.48
(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
8%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
35%
Good, but non-essential (46%)
46%
Collectors/fans only (12%)
12%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

MAGRATHEA Legends reviews


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Review by bhikkhu
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Team
3 stars If I put "Legends" on in a room full of progheads, the initial reaction might be, "Is this Genesis out-takes?" Then you might hear, "No, this must be previously unreleased bonus tracks from a Fish era Marillion album." These observations would be understandable, as MAGRATHEA wears the influence of these two bands on it sleeve for this album (other recordings have some more varied influences). That is not to say that this is cloning. They do have originality to their approach, and are clearly of the modern era.

The music straddles that fine line between Neo and Symphonic. They also manage to incorporate a bit of heavier avant elements that I am so coming to love in modern Symphonic. It's not as prevalent as most of their contemporaries, but they are in tune with the times. For the most part it's just well done Symphonic/Neo prog with a very familiar feel. This may not be the thing that's going to open up a whole world of new prog for you, but it's worth the price of the CD. 3.25 stars is a fair rating for this one.

H.T. Riekels

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Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars

This formation is a duo from the UK, it consists of Glenn Alexander (vocals, keyboards and bass) and Gary Gordon (guitar and bass).

About the music on this CD from 2004, no doubt this is rooted in the neo-prog tradition of The Eighties, speerheaded by Marillion, IQ and Pendragon. During my first listening session I was pleased but not really impressed but then Legends started to grow and grow. I am delighted about the lush keyboard sound (lots of flashy synthesizer runs) and the strong interplay between guitar and keyboards like in Shadows Of Ignorance (fiery guitar), Magical Box (fine moving guitarplay), Man Who Loved Flowers (bombastic with choir-Mellotron and fiery guitar), the alternating Brainwash (from harder-edged guitar runs with choir-Mellotron to twanging guitars with church organ flights) and Fear Of The Unknown (fat synthesizer sound and pleasant guitarplay). Some songs deliver more symphonic prog inspired music like Agoraphobic (lots of interesting musical ideas) in the vein of early Hackett solo and the wonderful final track Dreamscape (again wonderful keyboard - and guitar work) that features a 76-77 Genesis-oriented sound.

I had never heard of Magrathea but at this moment I am very positive about this CD, I am sure it will not only please neo-progheads but also symphomaniacs.

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Posted Thursday, May 29, 2008

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars The first time I heard this album I had the same feeling I got when I found Citizen Cain´s Serpents In Camouflage or Unifaun´s debut: is it the long lost classic Genesis album? Well, certainly this english duo makes no secrecy about their main influence for Legends. Apart from the ugly cover, I found this CD to be very pleasant and interesting, although - surprise, surprise! - not very original. The keyboards driven music has Tony Banks written all over it. Oh well, at least with the vocals they don´t try too hard to sound like Gabriel nor Collins.

The songwriting is fine, with some very beautiful moments on songs like Galadriel, Fear Of the Unknown and Dreamscape. But also there are some tracks on which they try to simulate some of Genesis more Whimsical side and that really does not work. Production and mixing is another problem too, since they could be a lot better. A little more atention to the guitars and drums parts would have improved their sound a lot.

If you like classic Genesis, this is sure for you. I´m looking forward to hear Magrathea´s lastest and earlier works. Quite promising stuff. 3 stars.

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Posted Monday, February 02, 2009

Review by Gooner
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4 stars Here's a well kept secret from the UK. For those who enjoy the more aggressive instrumental side of Marillion(Fugazi without the downer lyrics), the more progressive tracks from the Genesis _Wind & Wuthering, _And Then There Were Three_ to _Duke_ period, '78-'82 period Rush, _Black Noise_ era FM, Porcupine Tree & German synth rock(Schicke, Fuhrs & Frohling). Throw in some Pendragon, although the vocalist isn't quite as an acquired taste as Nick Barrett. Magrathea surprisingly have a gallic sound which reminds me a bit of early Ange. Magrathea also remind me of a more symphonic version an American duo called Ebeling Hughes from Detroit. Tracks _Fear Of The Unknown_ and _Reunion_ are some serious modern prog.rock classics from MAGRATHEA. The great thing about this band is that it will take several listens to appreciate their craft. Every listen, I hear something new. Magrathea is hard to get tired of. For that alone, you should be curious. Recommended.

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Posted Sunday, April 12, 2009

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Magrathea from UK is probably one of the most unknown prog bands from this country. Formed in mid '90s by the two remaining musicians Glen Alexander and Gary Gordon. The third album released in 2004 named Legends is a pretty good sympnonic/neo prog album to my ears, They evolved from a heavier side of prog on first two records on this one they sound very much like Genesis - Trick of the tail era. I don't think I've ever head the chance to hear a band to sound so similar to Genesis, from voice to almost all arrangements are sounding more Genesis then Gensis itself. Anyway the passages are well constructed with plenty of good moments, the guitar and the keyboards are really good. From Banks like smooth keyboards parts to Hackettian guitars, Magrather manage to create a pleasent album even is far from original, but is decent and very enjoyble from start to finish. The voice is a Gabriel/Collins clone but has the merits here not to be boring, is ok most of the time, typical english in aproach of course. If the production is not fantastic or crystal clear like on other bands, but is better this way to have a good album with poor mixing then a crystal clear sound with bad pieces.Tunes like reunion, The Man Who Loved Flowers or Agoraphobic are really good and shows that this band has potential and the musicians involved here play for pleasure with honesty not for money or other things. All in all a fairly good album that must be discovered by many prog lovers as possible. 3-3.5 stars

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Posted Wednesday, July 04, 2012

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4 stars Here, though unknown to most people, this is a good album. Magrathea is a British band that will delight both those who love the instrumental side of the music of Genesis after Peter Gabriel, both those who love the more symphonic neo-prog from the Pendragon. Two people: Glen Alexander, who pla ... (read more)

Report this review (#554653) | Posted by anywhere | Saturday, October 22, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The third album of the English band MAGRATHEA "Legends" (2004), presents a much lighter sound than previous "Entrophy" (1999) (that I consider more in the style heavy-prog), bringing a sonority much moreclose to the symphonic-prog in the "vein" of GENESIS, YES, etc... Maybe such fact is due to ... (read more)

Report this review (#300438) | Posted by maryes | Saturday, September 25, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Despite being a confirmed Progaholic of many years standing, I rarely feel the need to write reviews. On the occasions when I have put pen to paper, it has been because, 1) I have had the misfortune to come across an utterly worthless piece of unlistenable garbage from a band who should know bet ... (read more)

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