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3.24 | 64 ratings | 7 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Six Feet Under (4:56)
2. Anywhere You Wanna Go (5:30)
3. Ellery (4:09)
4. Spin It Again (4:41)
5. Another Day Out Of Sight (4:19)
6. One Of These Days (4:46)
7. Ball And Chain (4:18)
8. Lost For Words (4:34)
9. Show And Tell (4:42)
10. Till The Well Runs Dry (6:20)

Total time 48:15

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Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Sadler / vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizer, drums
- Jim Crichton / bass, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, guitar
- Ian Crichton / guitar
- Jim Gilmour / synthesizer, keyboards, vocals, clarinet, harmonica
- Brian Doerner / drums

Releases information

Eagle Rock Entertainment
Release Date July 6, 2012

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SAGA 20/20 ratings distribution


3.24
(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
13%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
41%
Good, but non-essential (30%)
30%
Collectors/fans only (11%)
11%
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)
5%

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Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
2 stars I haven't actually planned on listening or reviewing another Saga album but after seeing the return of Michael Sadler and their pretty solid gig, back in November last year, it almost felt like the band could deliver something interesting with the release of 20/20. Unfortunately it doesn't take long to realize that their 2012 offering is just another throwaway fans only release...

I really have no problem with Saga and their commercially inclined approach to art music but this release still managed to rub me the wrong way on quite a few occasions. Being mainly a fan of great songwriting and strong melodic hooks, 20/20 doesn't deliver the one nor the other. There are a few minor exceptions to the rule like Anywhere You Wanna Go and One Of These Days, both feature strong melodic hooks on the chorus lines. The rest of the material isn't necessarily bad but rather bleak in comparison. The songs are generally pretty simplistic in their structure with only a few interesting moments from Jim Gilmour and Ian Crichton. The new drummer Mike Thorne doesn't really bring anything particularly memorable with his playing and there is really no point of even trying to make any comparison to Steve Negus.

It's clearly business as usual in the Saga camp with the band making a bare minimal effort of pleasing their fanbase while ignoring the opportunity of expanding their audiences and reaching the younger generations of listeners with their music. Having said that, I'll probably still going to see the next Saga gig, later this fall, just because Michael Sadler is a very charismatic front man. Somehow I doubt that the band will do much promotion for 20/20, they might perform Anywhere You Wanna Go but that's pretty much it.

**** star songs: Anywhere You Wanna Go (5:30) One Of These Days (4:46) Lost For Words (4:34) Till The Well Runs Dry (6:20)

*** star songs: Six Feet Under (4:56) Ellery (4:09) Spin It Again (4:41) Another Day Out Of Sight (4:19) Ball And Chain (4:18) Show And Tell (4:42)

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Posted Sunday, August 05, 2012

Review by Gooner
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4 stars If you liked "Network", "Trust" and "10,000 Days" - this album is right up your alley. A solid effort and not a stinker in the lot. One of the few albums from Saga where I don't have to uncomfortably ask myself: "why do I like these guys?" It takes a lot for me to write a review for any new prog.rock release, so I thought this was a worthy record warranting a comment or two. I didn't review Saga's last 2 albums with Sadler as I thought they were trying to channel Gentle Giant a little too much. "Human Condition" without Sadler didn't really sound like Saga to me(more like Spock's Beard). Although I enjoyed those albums("Trust" and "10,000 Days") tremendously, the Giant has been put out to pasture on 20/20. What we have here is Saga channeling the strong parts from "A Beginner's Guide To Throwing Shapes", "Behaviour", "World's Apart" and "Network". There's absolutely no dated sounding "electronic" drums and Ian Crichton puts on another ripping performance in the guitar department. 10 solid Saga tracks that will grow on you like a bad mold; but I like it that way. Michael Sadler in fine vocal form a la '80s and Jim Gilmour? You're one of the underrated keyboard greats with Downes and Kaye and you prove it on this "20/20" gem. Definitely a top 10 album for 2012.

4.0 stars for a solid Saga release. Welcome back, Michael.

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Posted Thursday, August 09, 2012

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars In hindsight...

From their inception in the late 70's up until the late 90's, Saga's studio output was a very bumpy ride with the quality of their albums ranging from the very best to the very worst; taking in the whole spectrum from masterpiece (Generation 13) to disaster (Wildest Dreams, The Pleasure & The Pain). With 1999's Full Circle, however, Saga entered into a period of remarkable stability of quality that, evidenced by the present album, continues to the present day. Avoiding both the ups and the downs of previous decades, the new millennium has seen Saga releasing an impressively consistent series of albums - all of them good. Not even the temporary loss of original front man Michael Sadler could shake the group's newfound confidence.

With this album Sadler returns to the fold again and all is well. The band's sound remains unchanged and 20/20 is nothing more and nothing less than another good Saga album. The ten new songs are typical Saga tunes, strong, melodic, full of Saga's well-known trademarks. The only surprise here is that they still manage to keep it up and produce such good music in the same style on album after album after album without falling into a creative slump. They are still a very good band, and there is no sign of them losing their grip. On the other hand, there is also no sign of them wanting to push any boundaries and expand in any direction. This is Saga in their comfort zone, but still sounding fresh and relevant.

In conclusion, there is no reason to be disappointed with 20/20 if you expect more of the same good music as Saga has produced in the last 13 years. But if you expect something ground breaking, you would better look elsewhere.

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Posted Saturday, August 18, 2012

Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
3 stars It must be more than 30 years since I first became aware of Saga, and after purchasing a cut- price single, invested in my first vinyl album of theirs, the wonderful 'Images of Twilight'. From then on I picked up the occasional release, and finally caught them in concert about ten years ago (where they won the award for being the quietest rock band I have ever seen). By then they had, at least to me, settled into a sound that was always very much Saga and they could always be relied upon to release a solid album, but normally not a spectacular one. The last album I heard of theirs was 2006's 'Trust', and in the intervening period they have released two other studio albums and singer Michael Sadler has left and returned, so have I been missing anything?

Well, if this is anything to go by then probably not much. While opener "Six Feet Under" is very much a typical Saga song, with driving keyboards and guitars and over the top vocals it is let down by much that follows, especially "Ellery" which highlights a more reflective side of the band that just doesn't work at all. For every song that raises the hopes there is another that dashes it, and the overall effect is that while die-hard fans will acclaim Michael's return as a masterpiece the rest of us won't feel the same way. If only there were more like "Show and Tell", which is classic Saga in so many ways, then it would be possible to give this more than 3 stars. But as it is, that's al it is worth.

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3 stars Michael Sadler returns on vocals for the 20th studio album of Saga! 20/20 means perfect eye sight and refers to the eye surgery that keyboardist Jim Gilmour had to undergo in the fall of 2011, which turned out successful. In the 90's each new album Saga did would bring in a new sound, a new appro ... (read more)

Report this review (#835624) | Posted by wilmon91 | Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Another cd from Saga with Mr.Sadler! That's great news!? Yes it is great news. The album is really a good solide Saga album. With 6 really good songs,1 good song ,1 ballad, one song Mr Gilmour sing and a bad song! It's like diner for one.......the same structure as every cd Mr Saga yes same stru ... (read more)

Report this review (#794974) | Posted by thuur | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Saga are one of the most frustrating prog bands I've ever listened to. Prolific over the last quarter century, but never creating a quintissential prog piece. Coming close with their eponymous first album, and maybe even "Trust", Saga, shows glimmers of musical genius, but, then, revert back to ... (read more)

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