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3.08 | 37 ratings | 3 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Darkest Hour (12:46)
2. Sons of God (8:50)
3. The Human Stain (6:38)
4. Drowning on Dry Land (4:10)
5. Distant Shores (4:42)
6. Damaged Goods (8:04)
7. Break My Wings (9:52)
8. Cinescope Dreams (5:56)

Total Time 60:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Jürgen Hegner / guitar
- Frank Köhler / keyboards
- Jens Uwe Strutz / bass, vocals
- Feliks Weber / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Olaf Kasten

CD Corlee Mad Music ‎- CMM 2010 (2010, Germany)

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CRYSTAL PALACE Reset ratings distribution

(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

CRYSTAL PALACE Reset reviews

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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars 16 or so years after their formation, German act Crystal Palace release their fifth full length album, some 4 years after their previous acoustic effort and 7 years after their last full fledged studio effort.

And while their previous excursions have been closer to vintage neo-prog in style this album marks a change for the band, who have opted to explore much more of a Porcupine Tree inspired style this time around. And more specifically, a variety of this style pretty close to what can be found on the "Fear of a Blank Planet" CD. As the album evolves Crystal Palace manage to blend their old style with their new approach, and while the opening cuts may fail in innovation and creativity this aspect gets better as the album unfold. The later tracks isn't as engaging and well made as the opening efforts though, where Damaged Good in particular suffers from a slight lack of range and some minor pronouncation issues from lead vocalist Strutz, highlighted by what I regard as a somewhat flawed chorus segment.

When that is said, there are many fine efforts offered on this production, and the piano-driven ballad Cinescope Dreams that ends this disc is a treat, featuring neat symphonic backdrops and strings besides the well crafted piano motif explored throughout. Fans of acts like Porcupine Tree and Sylvan might want to give this one a shot.

Latest members reviews

3 stars On Reset, Crystal Palace go for longer song structures and a darker mood, while still opting for accessibility over challenging the listener. In contrast to 2003's Psychedelic Sleep, songs here take a while to develop and aim for a kind of an epic feel. Shorter tracks like Drowning on Dry Land a ... (read more)

Report this review (#1631872) | Posted by Progrussia | Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Review Permanlink

2 stars What a very disappointing album. I ve got a promo copy but i think i won,t make the effort to have an original. I ve listened to their firs albums and they are a quite good neo prog material ..with influences of Pendragon,Arena and Marillion(Fish era). I don,t know why they didn,t stay in ... (read more)

Report this review (#277666) | Posted by robbob | Monday, April 12, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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