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3.69 | 40 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
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Studio Album, released in 1988

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. How Beauty Attracts the Beast
2. The Wind fans the flames
3. The Children won't eat
4. The Bough Breaks
5. The Axe in the Grove
6. Usurpia
7. New Jerusalem
8. From Shadows

Total Time: 47:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Mark Holiday / vocals
- David Powell / keyboards
- Vincenzo Lammi / drums
- Rob Clark / bass
- Steve Beighton / sax & keyboards
- Rick Burns / guitars

Releases information

CD-Khepra-KHEPCD 02-UK-
RCA BMG Ariola Germany PD71884 (with a different tracklist and cover)

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CASTANARC Rude Politics ratings distribution

(40 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

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Review by Warthur
4 stars Castanarc's second album finds their sound evolving significantly over their debut. The major change is in the use of keyboards and synthesisers on the part of David Powell and Steve Beighton, which are often much more in tune with the sounds and textures of synthpop than classic prog, allowing Rick Burns' atmospheric guitar work and the occasional keyboard flourish to keep the neo-prog side of the band's sound going. The end result is an intriguing hybrid sound - soft, calming, even at points romantic - which suggests the sort of combination of prog chops and cutting-edge sounds which would pay off in spades for Porcupine Tree a few short years later. Not for neo-prog purists, but a very interesting album nonetheless.

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5 stars I was surprised not to find a review for this album, since it's one of the best albums in progressive rock. A bit Pink Floyd / Porcupine Tree like, but with a very own style. It has a very tranquil atmosphere, with occasional heavier parts. Songs that you can really dream away at without falli ... (read more)

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