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4.06 | 372 ratings | 45 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gluttony (12:04)
2. Envy (9:42)
3. Lust (12:22)
4. Greed (13:49)
5. Anger (5:11)
6. Pride (12:09)
7. Sloth (10:06)

Total Time: 75:23

Video section on 2009 Tigermoth Bonus DVD:
1. Inside The Mix With Rob Reed (79:56)
2. Interview With Steve Reed And Rob Reed (36:54)
3. Bootleg Live Videos (41:59)

Line-up / Musicians

- Christina (Murphy) Booth / lead vocals
- Rob Reed / electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano, harpsichord, bass, recorders, backing vocals, engineer, mixer & producer

- Chris Fry / lead guitars
- Martin Rosser / guitar
- Martin Shellard / lead guitar (7)
- Tim Robinson / drums
- The Vienna Symphony Orchestra / strings
- Christian Phillips / "Cha Cha Cha" vocalization (1)

Releases information

Artwork: Adam J. Hodgson with Carl Smith (logo)

CD F2 Music Ltd. ‎- 200403 (2004, UK)
CD + DVDv Tigermoth Records ‎- CDTMR008 (2009, UK) Remastered by Bob Katz plus bonus DVD-Video with Surround 5.1 mix (audio only) and Video extras

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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars My friend, Andy Julias - the Chairman of Indonesian Progressive Society, lent me the CD of this album. For two weeks I listened to it. I really like it. I believe whether you are a prog fan or not, you may enjoy this album. It's a kind of relaxing prog I would say. The music is a little bit complex but the melody and harmony are blend together nicely. This album is written very well.

The intro part of "Gluttony" reminds me to "new" King Crimson style. But when the vocal part enters it reminds me to YES "Sound Chaser". It's not an intention, I believe. This track is really excellent. You may notice Steve Howe guitar style is here as well as Geoff Downes keyboard sound. This track is well composed: the structure is excellent as it has high, medium and low components placed nicely with good transitions. Transition is I think the most difficult challenge of any prog band in writing their music as it has to ensure consistent flow of their music. But Magenta does it really well in this track as the melody changes from one to another smoothly. My impression on track 1 is in its "howling" guitar sound, piano and female voice. An amazing opening track!

I think this group is heavily influenced by YES and GENESIS. Track 2 has a bit or nuance of GENESIS' "Entangled" of "A Trick of The Tail" album. This happens to the opening and at the body of the song (minutes "3:35"). Luckily it's not exactly the same melody as the solo organ has another set of really beautiful melody. I like this part very much. Fortunately it is not becoming the tag line melody of the song. You will observe when the voice enters. "Hold On . hold on .". It's another nice track!

Track 3 "Lust" really kills me man! The opening orchestral part creates an uplifting sound that sets the tone for the whole track. The guitar sound is a blend of Howe and Hackett. It's really a very nice opening. I even imagine if this track is located as first track, it would be wonderful. Piano player has done a good job here, as well as drummer. The interlude part at minute 4:50 with guitar "fill" as the lead backed by a piano sound is really an amazing piece. Some orchestral compositions in the middle of the track is also a nice piece. There are many guitar solo and keyboard solo in this track.

The closing track has a relaxing intro part with mellow keyboard sound and touchy piano. This intro reminds me sitting on the beach enjoying the sun sets. The vocal part enters nicely. At roughly the end of the track you may find a bit of "Floydian" or "Rothery-like" guitar touch. Yeah, this is another excellent track of the band.

It's a MUST HAVE in your collection. What do you think? - Gatot Widayanto, Indonesia.

Review by Clayreon
4 stars "Seven": "Seven" is only the second album of MAGENTA, but it's a concept album about the seven deadly sins. Now that we've sorted out the numbers, we can talk about the music and if you know their previous album "Revolutions", you know you're in for a treat.

I know they say that every female vocalist in progressive rock reviews is compared with Annie Haslam, but with Christina, I don't have any other option. She just sounds so much like her. She has the same crystal clear, pure sound. She sings as if it's the easiest thing in the world. Her voice has an incredible reach and is never out of pitch. She's a real natural born singer.

The production of this album is one of the best I've ever heard. Every instrument is perfectly in balance with the rest. Every detail is audible. The use of a real symphonic orchestra also adds up to the perfection of the sound.

You can hear references to a lot of other bands in their music, but that's what they want. The liner notes in the booklet of their first album "Revolutions" said: "Any similarities or coincidences with any bands past or present is entirely intentional!" So you can't blame them if you say that pieces of Envy remind you of the ending of "Entangled" by GENESIS, that some of the vocal harmonies really sound like Yes on "90125", that you clearly hear references to other bands like IQ, SPOCK'S BEARD and others and that the opening of "Sloth" gives the same feeling as "The Division Bell " of PINK FLOYD.

There are some differences with "Revolutions". First of all, Rob Reed does only backing vocals. On the previous album he also did some of the lead vocals, but it must be difficult to compete with a singer as Christine, and he's not a top notch singer (although he was allright during the live show I attended). So Christina is the only lead singer now, but you can hardly call that a punishment. The tracks are shorter than on "Revolutions" (well, most of them still last longer than ten minutes), where the tracks lasted more than 20 minutes and were a collage of shorter pieces. On "Seven", the tracks are easier to get into, less complex.

So, with top quality vocals, skilled musicians and very strong tracks, I can only say, three out of three ain't bad, is it?

I prefer "Seven", but I think every progressive rock fan will want both of them. And if you don't have enough yet there's an extra EP "Broken".

"Broken": If you order "Seven" on-line on the site of F2 music, you get a special offer for "Seven" and an extra EP "Broken" of which the official release is only for June 1st.

For the first time, MAGENTA appears as a complete band on a disc. Rob Reed played most of the instruments on "Seven" but here you can hear the band that's announced on their website. The title track is a very accessible song, with a hook that stays in your mind. "Call me" is a great ballad, with, as in every MAGENTA track, an awesome instrumental piece. "Lemminkainen's Lament" was originally intended for a Finnish compilation, but they gave it a Celtic touch with a uillean pipe sound, again a great ballad. "Opus 3" is Rob Reed on church organ stepping in the footsteps of Rick WAKEMAN. "Sloth" is the same track as on "Seven" but the guitar part is played by the strings. This single is a fine bonus if you take the special offer from F2music, but I hope it will get to the shops when it's released later this year.

>>> Review by Danny (9/10) <<<

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars After the huge success of "Revolutions" in the year 2001, the Magenta fans had to wait almost three years no know if MAGENTA was only a mirage of past years or really a solid progressive band.

Most of the fans were satisfied with the release of "Seven" in 2004, a second conceptual albums but this time about the seven capital sins, the album is really good and the band is more mature. We can still listen the clear references from Yes, Genesis, Mike Oldfield, etc. but the band has developed a clearly more unique sound.

Less symphonic than it's predecessor and more oriented towards Neo Prog' has an evident much more modern sound, the production is impeccable the participation of The Vienna Symphony Orchestra is perfect (without falling in exaggerations as other bands) and the music is simply delightful. From symphonic excesses (that prog' fans love so much) to lyrical passages and powerful melodic tracks, it's obvious that the years have not passed in vain, maybe not as impressive as "Revolutions" because we knew what to expect from the band, but an absolutely solid album from start to end.

The album starts with "Gluttony", a track that begins with a vocal introduction that reminds me of "Relayer" because of the cha cha cha chorus similar to the one in "Sound Chaser", but those who expect a copy are wrong, the music is absolutely different, as in the previous album very symphonic but with a clear unique sound that blends with Neo Prog' in an exquisite way, excellent keyboards by Rob Reed, complex guitar chords by Chris Fry and of course the unique voice of Christina to add more brilliance. But what impressed me more of this song is the beautiful polyphonic vocals and the excellent job of the rhythm section by Rob Reed (who plays bass in this album) and Tim Robinson. A great opener.

When I first listened "Envy" I thought that they were playing "Entangled" because of the short intro, and the digitally produced Mellotron sound (I think Magenta doesn't use the old but wonderful mellotron, even without it we shouldn't worry, because the sound created by Rob Reed is faithful). This song is softer than the previous even when there are short explosions of power, some sections are really melancholic because remind me of the 4 men Genesis era. Christina's voice with Rob keyboards are extremely beautiful and the ending guitar section by Chris Fry is breathtaking, another great track but clearly more oriented towards Neo Prog' than any previous work by MAGENTA.

"Lust" is probably one of the highlights in this album and my favorite. The symphonic introduction is simply pompous and magnificent (the kind of music I love) and the way the music flows from one section to the next is impressive, the band manages to create a sense of continuity with not a single patch, the song has dramatic changes but so well managed that you don't feel any abrupt cut, excellent work and a wonderful track. A special mention for the drums work by Tim Robinson which is outstanding, 12:26 minute of pure prog.

"Greed" is not one of my favorite tracks even when the vocal work and the guitar is outstanding, the band performs a good job and reminds me very much of the first MAGENTA album that I love so much, but I guess it's one of those things I can't explain, just a matter of taste, probably in a couple of weeks this song will grow on me, because I can't say it's not good, only not my favorite.

"Anger" is the shortest track in the album and works as a reliever and a moment to breath, with a extremely beautiful strings work that matches perfectly with Chistina's clear voice, not everything must be breathtaking in an album, a good relief is always necessary. Very beautiful song and melody,

"Pride" is another powerful track starts soft and calmed but almost instantly gains power with a explosion of strength and Christina's vocal part adds more power, absolutely symphonic way to begin a track that combines great chorus with a powerful bass and the whole band giving us one of their best works. As the song advances the emotion goes in crescendo, and we can perceive the clear Yes influence in the guitar, but again with a unique sound. Another of my favorites.

The album ends with "Sloth" a track that has a dramatic and mysterious intro that leads to a softer track with some beautiful vocals by Christina that remind me in some way of Clare Torry in Pink Floyd, a good and soft closer for a great album

Now comes the real problem, how to rate this album, I like Revolutions a bit more because I'm a proghead that loves the beautiful Symphonic excesses and gave that album 5 stars, but on the other hand there's no way to rate a perfectly balanced album with no fillers and excellent production with less than the maximum.

Well, I love the music, the band has grown since their debut and we need more albums like this one in the 21st Century, so I will give another 5 stars rating.

Review by richardh
5 stars Follow up to their excellent Revolutions album.Christina sings like an angel (begging an obvious ,but not misplaced, comparison to Annie Haslam) while the band is as tight an ensemble as you will ever hear.If you like melodious symphonic rock music with the occasional nod to Yes then look no further.The best prog CD for a long time.
Review by Menswear
3 stars This is filed in the néo-prog section. Hmmm. Is this the best place?

Honestly, I'd put it with the Symphonic bands. I didn't glanced toward Magenta all this time because I thought this was another band wanting to be Genesis. It is true, this band is trying real hard to show us it's roots. They really don't try to hide anything. I think this is was describes Magenta the best: a band copying it's heroes and not having an onze of shame about it. So, bands that's recongnizable here are the usual suspects: Yes and Genesis. And how! All along, steel lap and Gibson guitars (simply, it's Howe or it's Hackett), chimes, vocal harmonies a la Jon Anderson and a palette of keyboards pumping straight from Tony Banks' pond. Well, so are many bands, but Magenta really don't hide it too much. And to me, it could be their calling card!

To me, those who likes Glass Hammer (the latest years) will be pleased. Because, let's face it, even Christina's voice is sharing a ton with Flo Parrish from Glass Hammer. Basically, the roots of the two bands are exactly the same. Most of the songs could figure on Glass Hammer's Lex Rex and especially Shadowlands. It's almost the same band except for the fact that Magenta uses more of the orchestra and also, Magenta's songs are much more relaxed and 'gentle rainy day' oriented. And this is where they hit hard. They really have the knack to create cute, delicate breaks based on mellotron female 'oooh's and 'aaah's.

Anyway, not as impressive as the critics says and expect a relatively average amount of originality. But in the end, you could say that they've succeeded to create their own sound (like the cool 'cha cha cha' harmonies, the telephone voices and the rainy day moods). Listen to it a lot if you want to make your money's worth, the complexity of the songs is surprising.

Oh, and don't get fooled by the cover, this ain't no walk in the graveyard.

Review by lor68
4 stars Well you should have to erase an half star, as for the lack of true creativeness, but their melodic sense and such a tasteful approach as well, make this album well worth checking out at least... above all when they are facing the Biblic "Seven Sins" (one for each song), they will be appreciated definitively as an excellent ensemble, because the ingenuousness of their debut album is not present anymore, especially by deserving those simple but effective harmonic solutions which begin to emerge,being absolutely satisfactory.Well They have never been pretentious within such a difficult "narration" and moreover their tunes remind me of some pretty symphonic compositions by Renaissance with Annie Haslam!! Their full maturity is almost reached here,as there is no virtuosity, but anyway the vocalism of Christina is always remarkable and essential too,for the purpose of keeping the concept under They don't need any intricate tune in order to show their good talent, and for me that's enough!!"Anger" is around 5 minutes and quite simple;instead all the other tracks are longer (average duration: about ten minutes) and anyway well structured and arranged,also by means of their remarkable musicality...check it out!!
Review by Prog-jester
4 stars I was told this is a Neo YES rip-off.I ain't YES fan (to be maximally polite,they're my least favourite band from the Oldies),and I didn't know why I'm getting this CD.

When I heard the beginnig of the album,I've thought that my worsest dreams coming true.But when the LADY started singing...that's what I hadn't expected at all!!! An angel came from the sky to our sinful earth - CHRISTINA!!!Wow! My favourite female singer ,no contest!

The further I was getting the better tracks were becoming."Envy" and "Sloth" are must be my favouritest still; the "Confess" part in "Lust"(6.12 - 7.28) is the most played moment from the whole album I guess (frequently I use to listen only to this fragment to make my mood better!!!). Another provement - do never believe the reviews 'till you listen to the album by your own ears!!! I dislike YES (while appreciating their talent and masterity),but I like MAGENTA!!!

Note:this is NOT Neo - prog.This is New Symphonic like DISCIPLINE or SPOCK'S BEARD:complex,well-arranged, with touching melodies and astonishing musicianship.Why had they deserved a Neo definition?Wish you tell me!!!

Highly recommended not only for all YES/RENAISSANCE fans,but also for all lovers of good melodic skilful Sympho Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
5 stars This is a fantastic CD! Maybe the best CD I bought in a long time. Great synphonic music played by superb musicians and sung by an outstanding female singer. Rob Reed is one fo the best songwriters around and the band is simply perfect. All songs are prog gems, with no exception. The more you hear the more you like it. Magenta's debut was very good but something was missing, or maybe it was not simply mature enough. This does not happen at all with Seven, where everything falls into place seamslessly.

Magenta does not hide its influences, on the contrary, they paid homage to them.In almost every track they give big clues: on Glutony the Yes opening guitar-like introduction and the backing vocals are so similar I had to look back on the CD credits to see if Jon anderson or Chris Squire did not made a special guest appearence! On Envy, the Renaissance influence comes forward (specially on the piano style and chorus) and they play a little piece of Genesis "Entangled" (nice!). On Greed they cite Simon & Garfunkel on the lyric. And so goes on. Strangely they still make original good music, they never sound derivative, which is a blessing. They do not fear to be compared because they know they are quite unique.

Unfortunatly the band did not persue this path when they released their last CD, Home. But that's another story. Seven is simply perfect and is one of my favourite CDs of anytime. I could not rate it less than what this already classic CD deserves. I could write endelessly about this music, but do yourself a favor and hear Seven. Let the music do the talk.

If you like excellent symphonic prog or just good music in general, I highly recommend Seven.

Review by Fight Club
4 stars "Take a look at the future" This is the future of symphonic prog

Magenta first came onto the prog scene about 6 years back with their acclaimed album Revolutions. The album got Magenta wide success in the prog world bringing listeners back to the glory days of Yes and Genesis. Though heavily influenced by these bands, they didn't copy the style. Instead they fused elements into their own style. They are often labeled as a "neo- prog" band, though I find myself categorizing them more into the "symphonic" style. Now Seven is an album I have been trying to get my hands on for quite a long time now. Only just recently I successfully found a 128 kbps rip of it. At first I thought "crap! only 128!?", but soon discovered it didn't matter. The excellent production and quality of the music kept me entertained regardless of the bitrate flaws. Generally, I am extremely satisfied with the album and glad I found it!

Anyways, as you might have guessed, Seven is a concept album about the seven deadly sins. Each of the tracks' lyrics speak of a different sin, even though sometimes it is more obvious than others. Now even though there's an overall concept here, the album isn't structured as one piece of work. Each track is it's own track and doesn't really flow from one to the next. I still feel this is best listened to in order though despite each track working as a single. They still feel as if they are part of a series which is just how I like it :)

Musically this album glows like the classics of the 70s. There are echos of all the symphonic rock favorites from Yes and Genesis (as stated earlier), ELP, Renaissance, and even a hint of Italian prog styles. Although all these influences are pretty obvious to any classic prog fan, Magenta holds to their own style more than on Revolutions.

All of the musicians perform top-notch on this album, most notably the guitar player and the singer. I fell in love with Christina's voice the first time I listened to the band. She is a very skilled vocalist and probably one of the best female prog singers of this generation. The guitar player also performs with a certain excellence that most neo-proggers seem to try to achieve and never quite reach. The solos are always perfectly placed and extremely elegant. This doesn't mean the other musicians shouldn't be noticed though. The sound created when all are working together is very lush and beautiful. If one instrument were to be removed from the mix, one wouldn't get quite the same effect. A beautiful demonstration of all this is the track "Envy". Beautiful catchy vocals and piano playing, lush keyboard, and a graceful guitar solo to top it all off. The songwriting talent combined with the prog aspects almost gives this album a feeling of the divine.

Although there are quite a few beautiful moments on this disc, there are a number of upbeat and fun moments too. At times things feel quite epic and grand, like a medieval adventure. Other times it feels like the finale in a circus spectacle. I think there's enough emotional variation to keep most people satisfied, but what about your average progger?

Any old school progger who wants to hear something new should greatly appreciate this album. It weilds all of the aspects one could possibly hope for in his favorite bands. Time and tempo changes, multiple chord progressions, and plenty more. Stunning guitar and keyboard solo and the greatest harmonizing you could expect to hear from the neo-prog style. Any musician should be impressed by the way this band things off. It's especially impressive to hear them doing it without so blatantly copying the 70s bands as most modern symphonic acts end up doing.

Production is also excellent. Everything is solid and can clearly be heard in the mix. Never is any one instrument too loud or too quiet. This can even be heard on the 128 kbps quality. Hardly do the cymbols sound splashing or the acoustic guitars, fuzzy. I'd love to hear how it'd sound in a 1400+ quality CD.

Overall, Seven is an extremely excellent effort from a modern symphonic band. It's got almost everything one could ask for in an album. A wide range of tempos, feelings, and instrumentation hold the album together. Only thing is, someone looking for a completely new and original sound might be disappointed. As I said before, the sound really does echo back to the old days. But hey, what can you expect from this era in music? If you're looking for convential symphonic prog as good as it gets these days, look no further. This album is a gem.

My rating: 9/10 Not quite a masterpiece, but still excellent.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars Their first double album showed a deep influence fom Renaissance (piano and vocals), "Genesis" and "Yes". Quite enjoyable but too much "borrowed" to be honest. I had already appreciated one of the founding member (Rob Reed) in a previous band ("Cyan") and he just confirms his talent within "Magenta".

When you listen to the very first notes from "Gluttony" one of the seven sins represented here (I really like the idea of the sins, being myself a great sinner) you are on your way for a "YesTrip". Beautiful vocal harmonies, complex rhythm, Howe-ish style guitar work, subtle keys. YesWorld, man. With a crystal vocal voice. Rather charming, even if not 100% original.

"Envy" brings us back fully in the "Renaissance" territory. No wonder that the band will be joined by Annie Haslam for an EP later on in their career. But during the instrumental passages, the "Yes" influence is again to be noticed. Deeply. "Gates" is really close at times. But the combination with those smooth vocals from Christina Murphy adds a great flavour to it. The finale features a very good guitar solo. As if Bryan Josh from Mostly Autumn had joined.

All compositions are quite long (except "Anger"). The mood is a bit too much of the same during "Lust" and "Greed". Both are a mix of "Genesis" ("A Trick Of The Tail" era) and "Renaissance. Pleasant and soft music. A combination of sweet vocals, pleasant piano and symphonic moments. Because the band sounds much more symphonic than neo-prog actually. This lack of variety might well be a bit boring while listening to this album in its entirety. To keep the listener's interest for seventy-five minutes is not an easy job in these circumstances. But same applies for several "Renaissance" albums.

The acoustic and mellow "Anger" is the weakest of the songs of this album. It is fortunately the shortest one as well. Invading orchestrations are just too much for my ears. "Pride" will feature some Banks oriented synths which are of course nice to listen to but which shows the band's limitation in terms of creativity. Fully dependable on others' ideas (Yes, Floyd, Genesis and Renaissance). Great sources of inspiration of course.

This is the major critic for this work (same for their debut album). "Magenta" can't find their identity so far (or maybe this kaleidoscope IS their identity). The music played on "Seven" is enjoyable, well performed and relaxing. "Sloth" being the smoothest and featuring a great Floydian guitar break. It is a good album. But not a great one.

Three stars.

Review by progaardvark
COLLABORATOR Crossover/Symphonic/RPI Teams
5 stars On Magenta's second album, Seven, Rob Reed and Christina Booth continued where they left off with their stunning debut, Revolutions. Reed continues to be a master of catchy melodies and hooks, yet retaining the traditional arrangements of accessible progressive rock. Christina delivers a masterful performance. I would argue that at present, she may be the best female vocalist in progressive rock today, at least on par with Annie Haslam and Mariela Gonzalez.

Reed continued to honor his predecessors in the genre by paying tribute with clear influences scattered throughout this album. Obvious ones to listen out for include Yes and Genesis prominently, plus Pink Floyd, Renaissance, Mike Oldfield, Camel, and probably others that I haven't picked up on. He again shows a strong Steve Howe style to his guitar work. Lyrically, Steve Reed (Rob's brother) tackles the seven deadly sins in each of these seven songs on this album called "Seven." Notice the concept? He does an exceptional job here, though I have to admit that I've had some difficulties comparing them with what I took the sins to mean. It wasn't until I read the details behind each song from the Magenta web site that I could really understand the different slants and interpretations they took on these. If you're interested, I highly suggest checking their site out.

Again, this is a bonafide, genuine masterpiece. The songs are generally shorter than on Revolutions, but I feel they're both equally amazing works as I've regularly enjoyed devoting equal time listening to both. Very highly recommended classic and masterpiece well deserving of five stars.

Review by progrules
4 stars I've been waiting for a long time with this review and the main reason was my mixed feelings about it which also made me reluctant to do the job. And even now I'm not really eager to express my opinion. Seven is supposed to be a near masterpiece but to me it has quite some flaws besides of course great music as well. The album handles the seven deadly sins which should give enough food for the lyrics I guess.

Gluttony is a very fine opener with a good mix between vocals and instrumental parts with the highlight coming up at about seven minutes when Robert Reed shows a substantial part of his talents. Really good song this, also compositionally 4*.

Envy is a very vocal track with Christina shining brightly here. I can't say that of all songs to be honest but her performance on this Envy as well as on Sloth are impeccable. The instrumental bits are also of very high standard, in the middle part suddenly a high Genesis resemblance but still really great resulting in a 4,25*. Probably the best song overall on the album.

Lust is the track with the largest contribution by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Not that the band itself doesn't participate, on the contrary. First few minutes are instrumental with many instruments used. First bit of vocals resemble Yes big time but after that it's Magenta for the rest of the song. Inventive track this showing the compositional talents of Robert Reed. 4,25*.

Greed is my least favorite track of the album and that's mainly because of the lyrics that don't seem to flow for some reason. Each time I hear this one it annoys me and I also fail to see the connection between a glamorous woman and greed but maybe that's due to my lack of imagination. Anyway, something is not right about it, lyrically and it degrades the song. But to be honest, neither the composition nor the instrumental parts impress me either. 3*.

Anger is the most ballad like track prominently shown by the presence of harp sounds amongst the quiet vocals by Christina. Not a highlight to me. 3,25*

With Pride the album gets back on track with more energy than the previous two and some interesting instrumental contributions by mr. Reed himself occasionally. 3,75*.

Sloth initially tends to become another disappointing effort until a great guitar solo by Martin Shellard finally saves the song from a low rating. 4*.

I'm sorry to say I'm not going overboard as much as my "soulmates" here on PA who gave the album 5 stars and call it a masterpiece but in the end it's a well deserved four star effort nevertheless (though somewhat rounded up). Personally I believe the latest Metamorphosis is better.

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars One of the great added-value attributes of the much "poo pooed" Neo prog genre is that it can very well serve as a bridge to bring over many "neophytes" to the Prog Wonderland. Not everyone is fortunate to be born suckling from a Gentle Giant, Yes or a King Crimson tittie and growing up to become a strong prog-muscled Atlas! Some of us need to slowly glide up the ladder from Old McDonald to the national anthem and then, the teenage musical flavor of the month in the media fueled system. Obviously, introducing my 14 year-old to Tool or Taal right off the bat is going to be an exercise in perpetual disdain, so what better tactic than slipping something more ear-friendly (though NEVER Radio- Friendly) and slowly swerving those innocent taste buds. She already likes Sylvan's "Chains" and "One Step Beyond", Jon & Vangelis' "Friends of Mister Cairo" and good old "Epitath" (more because she knows how much it means to me), so when I played Magenta's "Envy", the second tune off the second album, she immediately started to repeat the chorus and sing along. Repeated requests for a return visit elicited deep pride and only then could I truly judge the impact of the song, the album and the entire genre. While the debut "Revolutions" focused on elongated epic Yes-like behemoths, with little input from Christina Booth, the sophomore " Seven" unleashes a new more polished, less massive style with the fascinating spotlight delivered directly on a new female vocal persona , a Progstar is born. Closer analysis reveals that she has only the gender in common with Annie Haslam (poor girl, every female prog singer has to be measured against her and who will actually cooperate with Magenta later!), a more contemporary look (she is darn' pretty sexy!) and a voice that transcends styles and genres. Robert Reed realized the ace in the hole at the main mike and molded the arrangements accordingly. Smart move, mate! This is a very good recording that has garnered much PA praise and for all the right reasons: on target subject material (the 7 Deadly Sins), great evocative songs, astute professional playing from all musicians and a sizzling overall mood to the entire project that exudes comfort and glee. In fact, it may well be one of the finest NEO-prog monuments yet. The proceedings kick off inspiringly with the 12 minute" Gluttony" , a left-over Yes piece recorded by another band, full of vocal "cha, cha, chas", oblique how? guitar ornamentals, fat squired bass, very white drumming and an assortment of keyboards that will wake(you),man. Christina's lungs shine brightly, illuminating the pleasure of the message and the genuineness hits home, "all alone". An exceptionally airy Chris Fry guitar solo sets fire to the fuse, propelling the emotion to aerie heights, with Robert supplying some Gabrielesque male vocals in a duel with Christina's majestic plea. The final 2 minutes are ecstasy incarnate. "Envy" is the more direct tune here, a ravishing melody wrapped around some astounding lyrics and the fragile chorus that will send shivers down any spine: "One day, the fire will burn so bright , the love you lost will find the road to your heart again". A reflective mid- section includes some simmering acoustic playing, a resounding organ foray and some lush string symphonics engulfing some delicate piano musings. When the crescendo sustained chorus returns, there is a sense of wonder, of glee and of unrestrained pleasure. A simple yet positively incendiary fret solo torches this mournful yet happy song to explosive elevations. I could listen to this endlessly. A dozen minutes long, "Lust" is the dirty song on the menu, fired by a somewhat lewd and heavily Genesis flavored intro, as soon as Christina steps up to the 'phone, it turns 180 degrees into the area Close to the Edge of Fragile (if you see what I mean!) and convincingly! I would love to hear a Yes album with her singing instead of Jon! "Confess! Confess!" she howls, Ok, OK, I will: it's really stunning music! Now that the synth liberates itself all over the guitar, the drums scowling ungraciously at the proud purring bass, you know that this is Prog Heaven (a la Neuteboom), a masterful track that is just YES YES YES. "Greed" serves as the proverbial "cigarette" after the fall, getting a sensible grip after all that sexually lusty prog, the longest tune here, focusing more on the meaningful vocals and the very innuendo-laced sentiments expressed (the sardonic repetition of "for me"), with a multitude of melodic ornamental details that add frill and lace to the dripping sarcasm. Read the Reed lyrics and you will enjoy this tragic-comedy even more because a casual ear will miss the subtle point. "Anger" is a short and bittersweet display of contrasting solo and choir vocals, stripped down bare arrangement, a heart stopping exhibition of unrestrained passion with a sweltering bluesy guitar passage loaded with shivering grace. "Pride" is a return dive into the progressive volcano, at first effervescing in multiple swerves and dekes, after which a flourishing bass guitar parades the crew into comfortably positive territory, adorned by zipping guitar sorties that remind one of Howe's well deserved legacy and influence. The woop-woop-woop synth solo is smile inducingly outrageous, the lads are almost outyessing Yes and I guess the caped one would be rightly proud! "Every time the sun shines down on me, yeah". Excellent record and I fail to comprehend why a profane would not admire such well-crafted brilliance. "Sloth" is the finale that, as the title implies starts very, very slowly, a deliberate buildup with a bombastic chorus and luxuriant orchestrations curtaining the stage. With only her trembling voice and piano tinklings in the background, one realizes that we have somewhat of a winner here. A limpid Fry solo unzips the emotion and sets free the soaring plea "Let your light rain down". Gitche Manitou, take me to your land. Yeah, take me to Prog Land, baby. SEVEN, yeah seven stars, oh sorry.there are limits after all. five sinful stars.
Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars After the ambitious ''Revolutions'' Magents show their fame growing day by day,the band was called to participate on the Baja Prog Festival of 2003 in Mexico,where they had a memorable performance.However founder of the band Rob Reed decided to jump off his guitar duties and gave the job to Martin Rosser.The new line-up entered the studios to record another ambitious effort around the theme of the seven deadly sins.The sophomore highly praised Magenta album ''Seven'' was finally released in 2004,originally on F2 Music.

I'm not thrilled about this album as many progsters are but I recognize that it is a very ambitious effort.Still this is an easy-flowing work full of symphonic moments with a vintage feeling and also plenty of Neo Prog explosions.Each sin has its own composition,six out of seven range from 10 to 14 minutes with nice orchestrations,elaborate arrangementsmelodic guitars,changing climates and delightful keyboard work (mainly synths).Not overly complex,the overall style is far from personal,but the addition of some strings by the Vienna Orchestra adds also a grandiose feeling at moments.Christina Murphy continues to sound a lot like Annie Haslam,yet their vocals are certainly crystalline and warm.However the album keeps a very pleasant,optimistic and happy sound till the end,very much in opposite with the whole concept,which in my opinion requires a more muddy,dark and depressive atmosphere,at least at parts of it.

''Seven'' is another winner by Rob Reed & co.,the album clocks at 75 minutes,but the musicianship is pretty accesible and well-crafted,helping the listener follow it till the big end.If you actually forget about the whole concept,as I did,which personally I think it requires a different mood on the whole,you might enjoy it even more.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

Review by crimson87
4 stars This is the first Magenta album I have ever heard and to me was quite a surprise , this band could really hit the charts by reducing their song's length probably because they are really catchy. Their music has references mainly from Renaissence on the vocal department and Yes on the music. Seven is a concept album about the capital sins that has 6 songs over the 10 minute barrier and a shorter one. All of them are typical symphonic songs , there is nothing sounding like neo prog neither on Seven nor on other Magenta records. All the tunes are highly enjoyable and the highlight on this album is the singer Christina Booth , she really has an angelic voice. However not anyone may like it since sometimes it seems to be too mellow.

Seven is far from being a masterpiece in my opinion since the band seems to give too much importance to their influences and they don't develop anything original like most of this kind of groups. However it's worth checking out simply for the reason that there aren't many prog bands with female singers and the album does not have weak moments at all.

3.5 stars out of five

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars This album has slowly grown on me to the point where I can't offer up anything less than 4 stars. My initial reaction was that it was too sweet for it's own good, it was a pleasant listen but nothing more. Well this is another example of why an album should be listened to at least seven (haha) times before reviewing it. This is sort of a concept album about the seven deadly sins, although the songs aren't really linked to one another. The lyrics often don't seem to have anything to do with the title of the song they represent either. Rob Reed wrote the music while his brother Steve wrote the lyrics. THE VIENNA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA adds strings to this album.

"Gluttony" opens with some YES-like vocal harmonies before the song kicks into gear. Some nice guitar here. Christine comes in before 1 1/2 minutes. It settles 4 1/2 minutes in with piano and synths then reserved vocals. It kicks back in around 7 minutes with some good drumming. Screaming guitar follows. Spoken male vocals a minute later. Is that Bob Dylan ? (haha). More good guitar before it ends with piano. "Envy" opens with what sounds like harpsichord before a full sound with guitar takes over. Vocals a minute in. There's a beautiful section before 2 minutes as Christine leads the way on the chorus. Strings after 4 1/2 minutes continue until the guitar returns then vocals. Themes are repeated. Nice guitar later. The chorus for me is extremely meaningful and hopeful. "Lust" opens with strings as a full sound follows. The tempo continues to shift and contrasts continue. Vocals before 3 minutes and I like when it settles around 5 minutes. This is my least favourite song.

"Greed" opens with vocal melodies in harmony before the guitar cries out. Pulsating organ follows and i'm thinking SPOCK'S BEARD.Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes. Nice bass before 5 1/2 minutes. Guitar 7 minutes. Drums before 10 minutes followed by guitar. Strings after 12 minutes as it settles. "Anger" is pastoral with reserved vocals and strings. "Pride" kicks in before a minute with a full sound. Vocal melodies before 2 minutes and some great guitar a minute later. Synths after 8 minutes. It's uplifting after 10 minutes. "Sloth" is my favourite by far. I had heard this already on their "Broken" EP and it's quite different from all the other songs on this album. It's more melancholic and darker and much more emotional. The lyrics are so meaningful, they're about the Native Americans. Strings to open followed by some solo piano before the vocals come in. Guitar before 2 minutes. Pure emotion ! Christine cries out after 4 minutes and the guitar does the same. A Gilmour-like solo 7 minutes in for almost 2 minutes is so moving. Vocal melodies follow to end the song.

There's just too much here to like.

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Best. That's the word describing this album. And beware, I dare not to use this adjective so often. In fact, I don't use it at all. There are reasons, there are feelings, so let's jump into this.

///introduction/// I hated religion. Then I struggled with it and its themes. Then I resigned on this futile fight (about year ago), because it's all over us, even not in my country (but I have to admit that we celebrate X-Mas, because of present and being together of course). But I found myself attracted to these things, at least musically. But "Seven", about seven deadly sins (I suppose) is unique. I also have to admit that I didn't recognize if it's one of these two options, ironical mocking of g/God, or some kind of worshiping. I just don't know and that makes this even more funnier and mysterious. Because there is magic. I'm an atheist, so for me, slang terms are different. For believing one this may be some kind of worshiping season or something like that.

///story continues/// Because the way how every sin is depicted (Vice City?) is astonishing. Well, I don't intend to throw words of joy and compliment all over this review, but this really is stunning, literally meant. You just have to listen few minutes from random track and simply enjoy it. Its beauty, which have to be taken as a fact. Or dogma perhaps, more appropriate word here. Recently, I wondered about if I gave certain albums "enough spins", but because I know this one for almost one year and listened to it maybe fifty times. And it still ain't worn in my mind, it still has its energy and power, even it's very, very familiar to me. I would dare to tell that it's one of the best albums in current decade (which will be over soon, hooray, it was ten years of great joy and sadness, but cut it now, don't let me be melodramatic and clique using man).

Of course, not everything is perfect, yes, I'm talking about last two tracks, which can't get 5 rating, but rather 4, as if they run out of ideas (which as setting introduced tracks 1-5 here. And when first five tracks were driven by melody, they can't just stop the stream on last two ones, it's not so consistent then.

5(+) and I have to say that I'm in love with Christine's vocal work, melody here (I'm not melody maker, but melody listener).

Review by b_olariu
4 stars Smooth and elegant

Magenta is a british neo prog from this decade who were at the peak when this album was released almost 5 years ago. Seven is their second album and better, at least to me then the predecesor. Expectations were high, and they did no wrong here and Magenta proves that they are among the best in this genre for sure, they did a great job here. Combining very well the neo with symphonic elements in a great variety and superb song writting. The album is as anybody who reviewed this album saw and here about the seven deadly sins. The music is something from Yes (drama period) just listen to opening track called Gluttony, on instrumental passages I swear I'm listning to Yes that era but with a modern sound and some Renaissance passages are to be found here specialy on Lust. Ok they are influenced by this bands but Magent doesn't copy for sure, they have their own style and a damn good and precise after all. The voice of Christina is the cherry on the cake here, very smooth with a nice and warm range, she fits like a glove in this kind of music, excellent performance and for sure better then on any album she was involved. The music is very pleasent from warm passages to a more up tempo and with excellent musicianship. The atmosphere and the sound overall is realy something that must be apreciated by me and by anyone who was intrested in this release, because, this album is one of the most pleasent experiences I've met in this subgenre. 4 stars easely, not quite 5, because some parts are a little too mellow and too long, but 4 solid stars and an excellent addition to any collection. Their best album without hesitation and why not one of the best of this decade in neo prog field. Recommended.

Review by lazland
4 stars The follow up to the impressive debut Revolutions, this is another concept work by British neo prog outfit Magenta, this time dealing with the relatively simplistic (!) seven deadly sins. With the exception of Anger, all songs clock in in excess of ten minutes, so there is a fair amount of patience required in order to settle in and enjoy this album.

As has been mentioned in previous reviews, this is a band that very openly pays homage to their inspirations, so, for example, on the first bars of opener Gluttony, you have to check very carefully to see if you have put Yes on by mistake. There are also distinct signs of Hackett in Chris Fry's guitar work, with Genesis also being evident as a source of much that is played. Furthermore, the comparisons between Christina Booth's vocals and Annie Haslam are not misplaced, and I would say that this is absolutely not to the band's detriment. Christina is at the centre of proceedings, and the band sound exceptionally rich because of it. She has a lovely voice.

However, in spite of the obvious nods and inspirations from the past, this is not a mere copycat album, and stands together very strongly in its own right. It's an extremely melodic album, with strong folk passages amongst the more "traditional" symphonic ones. For no better example, check out Envy, where the vocals are exceptional and weave a lush, rural, pastiche prior to the symphonic instrumental taking over. This is a highlight of a very solid album, and special mention should go to Rob Reed's lush keyboard work on this, albeit strongly influenced by Close To The edge period Yes and guitar work that transports to Trick of The Tail era Genesis at the same time. His guitar solo at the close, though, is wholly original and a joy to listen to.

There is, also, marvellous input by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra on the excellent Lust for those of you who enjoy the more classical input into your symphonic rock. The track itself is very tightly played with a very upbeat and cheery tempo to back perfectly the innuendo laden vocals.

How to rate this? Well, it doesn't attain masterpiece status in my opinion, because too much of it is too knowing of its influences and cohesion is occasionally lost. It is, however, an excellent prog rock album from a band who are amongst the leading lights of the new wave of female fronted bands popping up, and a band who, hopefully, have many years of great music and development ahead of them.

Four stars. An excellent addition to any prog rock collection.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars Progressive sinners

Someone who knew that I was already a big fan of Yes recommended this album to me many years ago (possibly shortly after its release). My reaction when I heard the opening track, Gluttony (Seven is a conceptual album based on the seven cardinal sins), for the first time was that Magenta is a total Yes-clone. I did not listen further at the time as I had lots of other music to discover, primarily classic progressive Rock from the 70's. Now, after quite some time, my first impression still stands regarding Gluttony, it is indeed a heavily Yes- influenced track. They have even managed to reproduce the very special guitar-tone of Steve Howe on this track and also included some Chris Squire-like bass and typical Yes-like backing vocals! There is, however, also a very Gabriel-era Genesis-like passage with male vocals later in the same song. Like with Magenta's first album, this one too is thus more Retro-Prog than Neo-Prog. Following in the footsteps of the masters is not necessarily a sin in itself, however. That is, if you do it in the right way, with the right intentions and the rights determination, etc. Gluttony is actually a great track! In general though, Seven somehow fails to connect with me. I think that Magenta was more successful overall with their first work, Revolutions, and also the following Home is more appealing to me than the present album. The music on Seven has some of the same aspects that I found hard to accept on Revolutions, but fewer of the charms of that predecessor.

One cardinal sin committed here is connected to the sheer length of the album. The CD is filled to the brim, which means almost 80 minutes of music. Had this album been released back in the vinyl days, it would thus have been a double album. As such it is very ambitious and I think they bit off slightly more than they could chew this time!? Listening to the whole thing in one session is actually a rather tedious exercise for this reviewer, even if I clearly recognize the considerable talents and charms of the band. There is of course nothing wrong in itself with long albums if they are consistently enjoyable, but here almost all the seven tracks feel as if they have been extended beyond what was necessary to convey their messages. Seven tends to get a bit more-of-the-same somewhere in the middle and towards the end I just keep waiting for the album to end (even if the last two tracks are a bit better).

Envy is a more Renaissance-like song and features a typical big chorus. To my mind it all becomes a bit too grandiloquent and elegant (a problem I often have with Renaissance too). Still a good song, though. In Lust one can strongly notice the presence of The Vienna Symphony Orchestra which I think is really unnecessary and makes the sound more bombastic than necessary. The guitar melody is very strong in this song, but unfortunately the track as a whole overstays its welcome which is also true of Greed. In the latter, there is a line that goes "don't look now, I think it's a camera" that seems to be taken straight from Simon & Garfunkel's America (incidentally also covered by Yes). Anger is the shortest track of the album and indeed the only one that runs for less than ten minutes. Despite some refreshing acoustic guitar play, it is a rather forgettable ballad that does not sound angry in the slightest. I miss the wonderful acoustic link-pieces like Opus I and II from Revolutions.

Pride finally tends to pick things up again after a few slightly rambling tracks, but momentum is lost. Overall, while I have a great respect for Rob Reed and Magenta, Seven is not wholly satisfying for me. There are a couple of strong moments for sure, but on the whole I find it a bit too bombastic and orchestral, too long-winded and too derivative. Also, I think that the music is somehow a bit "shallow" and not dark enough for its subject matter which is, after all, the seven deadly sins! It was a good idea to make a concept album based on these sins, but the result does not make me lust for more. Don't get me wrong, Seven is certainly an essential disc for fans of Magenta and a decent addition to many a Prog collection. But it is not, in my opinion, the best place to start discovering the band and certainly not the place to start discover (modern) Prog in general. Rob Reed did more interesting and more rewarding music elsewhere, both with Magenta and Cyan.

I can only recommend this for fans and collectors

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars Wow! This album moves me to the core with each and every listen. It's taken me four years to finally find a copy of it and I am so happy I did! I don't care if it's considered "Neo-prog" or that Magenta is considered a "Yes clone": IMO, there is no better 'neo' or 'clone' album out there. Okay, "Gluttony" sounds like it came from Drama or The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and, yes, "Lust" sounds like it came from 90120, but Magenta still manages to make new, fresh music from the stylings and sounds of the much revered gods of the 70s.

The band as a whole stands very well, with all performers adding significantly to a collaboratively beautiful album, but their stellar achievement here rests on the talents of two extraordinary lead soloists: singer Christina Booth and lead guitarist Chris Fry.

Many people like to compare Christina to the incomparable ANNIE HASLEM, but I see more similarities to KATE BUSH. The crystal clarity of Annie with the emotion and diversity of Kate (though, IMHO, not quite as good as either.)

Then there is the astoundingly talented, enigmatic and creative 'chameleon' guitarist, Chris Fry. He is Steve Howe, he is Steve Hackett, he is Steve Hillage, he is Steve Rothery, he is he is John Mitchell, Paul Buchanan, he is Chet Atkins, he is Jamie West--Oram (THE FIXX), he is Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson (BIG COUNTRY), he is B.B. KING, he is CORRADO RUSTICI, he is Jeff Beck--he is so many guitarists all wrapped into one. No two solos throughout this album sound anything like any of the others. Superlatives, people, only superlatives!

1. "Gluttony" (12:07) begins with a very familiar YES Relayer sound to it but, in fact, this is the song where the band break out from under the grips of neo-clonehood and offer something uniquely their own, something fresh (despite the occasional Steve Howe-like leads, Rick Wakeman-like organ and Chris Squire-like bass stylings.) The vocal harmonies and lead vocals are gorgeous and the use of 'harp' and The Vienna Symphony Strings is absolutely brilliant, integral, beautiful. And the diverse guitar and keyboard sounds and soli make it much more than just another Yes clone. (21/25)

2. "Envy" (10:10) is a fairly straightforward and easily accessible GENESIS-like song (And Then There Were Three era)--guitars, keys, bass pedals, Collins-like tom rolls--except for one small detail: THE INCREDIBLE VOICE OF CHRISTINA BOOTH! At 3:20 the song shifts to sound exactly like the background set up for Tony Banks' mellotron solo (the greatest mellotron solo in the history of music) from the second half of "Entangled" when--surprise, surprise!? Rick Wakeman's organ solo from the lull part of "Awaken" enters. Brilliant!! As hauntingly effective as the two source-originals! (20/20)

3. "Lust" (12:29) begins with the movie theme-song-like Vienna Strings intro before the band joins in for a couple of minutes of jamming in a YES/STYX sound and feel. At the 2:30 mark vocals are introduced in harmonic chords before the song settles into a straightforward rock backbeat with Christina singing and STYX-STARCASTLE-like keyboards playing around. The guitar solo sections accompanying the vocal "Ahh" harmonies are wonderful. At 4:45 everything switches to an astoundingly beautiful blues setting with Chris Fry playing one of the best ROY BUCHANAN solos I've ever heard. Wish it would go on forever! By 5:50 we're into a new "confess" section with repeating bouncy piano chords and regular breaks for Chris Fry soli. The use of orchestra in the next, instrumental, section beginning at 7:30 is wonderful. Guitar solo hear conjures up pure CARLOS SANTANA before giving way to a Moogy Klingman-like keyboard solo. Very exciting section! 9:40 begins a "take my soul/give me new life" section with recorders, tubular bells and piano, before giving way to orchestral support for a blistering guitar solo. Great emotion from Christina Booth's vocals leading into the outro! Wow! What a ride! (22.5/25)

4. " Greed" (13:55) starts off so beautifully, with harmonized vocal "Ahhs" striking an arpeggiated variety notes/chords, and, despite the joining of some Yes-like instruments (keys and guitars), the song really takes on a sound and feel quite unlike the prog Masters, though perhaps at times with some ANNIE HASLEM -like (post Renaissance) vocal similarities. In the mid-sections there are actually some similarities to THE CARPENTERS (in a good way), followed by some Yes Drama-era sounds and riffs, switching around the eight minute mark to total RENAISSANCE (piano & vocal). Genius Chris Fry then takes over for a flash or two over the continued Scheherezade-like music. With two minutes to go there is a switch: it sounds as if they're about to break into "Squonk" when instead a light BURT BACHARACH-like section ensues to end. Beautiful. (28.5/30)

5. "Anger" (5:13) is an amazing little semi-pop song. A heart-wrenching vocal song over 'harp' (?) and The Vienna Symphony Orchestra strings. Does anyone hear know "A Perfect Day" by the infinitely talented Miriam Stockley (ADIEMUS)? It was used as the theme song for the 1992 BBC animated series of the Beatrix Potter "Peter Rabbit" stories. "Anger" has some of the pastoral and emotional majesty Ms. Stockely's beautiful little song. (10/10)

6. "Pride" (12:31) sees a return to a very Yes-sounding song--sounding more from the Close to the Edge to Going for the One era. This is, IMO, the song on which the band is most clearly imitative of pure YES, and, except for the incredible instrumental section from 7:56 to 9:40 (Chris Fry is an absolute genius!!), the weakest song on the album. "There Must Be Some Misunderstanding"!! (Do you hear it??!!) (18/25)

7. "Sloth" (10:08) has a very theatric, RENAISSANCE sound and style. Even the topic ("Gitchee Manitou" or pre-European conquest America) is similar to the xenophilic fascinations of RENAISSANCE (or was it lyricist Betty Thatcher's?). Absotlutely amazing vocals throughout but the CLAIRE TOREY ("Great Gig in the Sky" from Dark Side of the Moon) finale is almost as powerful as Miss Torey's original! (18.75/20)

IMHO, this is indisputably a masterpiece of absolutely beautiful music with stunning performances and brilliant compositions. Neo-clones: Top this one!

Review by Warthur
5 stars Rob Reed finally produces the five-star classic we all knew he was capable of with Magenta's Seven. A colossal step up from the band's debut album, Seven sees Magenta expertly blending Yes, Genesis, and a little Pink Floyd into a distinctive neo-prog sound which is fresher than typical for the genre thanks to the brilliant songwriting and performances. Christina's vocals are better than ever, at points almost getting an Annie Haslam quality to them, Rob Reed's multi- instrumentalist capabilities are showcased like never before, and there's some fine guitar performances from Chris Fry and, on the last track, Martin Shellard. Sheer prog perfection.

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3 stars Well, I find this to be a pretty dull album. While not nearly as derivative as the first one (which I liked better.....there was no attempt to hide the fact that it was a tribute to the 70's greats of prog, and I think Rob Reed did an excellent job recreating those styles), it seems to have litt ... (read more)

Report this review (#67015) | Posted by | Friday, January 27, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a real gem of an album and a treat for fans of 70's prog brought up to date with lush production. Based on the 7 deadly sins, obviously, but with intelligent contemporary lyrics, this is a class album of carefully crated melodic prog that draws upon influences from an earlier era with ... (read more)

Report this review (#47073) | Posted by | Sunday, September 18, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I like this record! Magenta is a very 'fresh' band with a female voice and excellent musicians and composers. This record is strongly influenced by Genesis, Yes, King Crimson and mainly by the '70 progressive rock scene. Every track is surrounded by mello, moog, piano and by the sweet voice (but ... (read more)

Report this review (#39892) | Posted by | Thursday, July 21, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars My review will be short and sweet. Quite frankly this is a magnificent opus that every self-respecting prog fan (particularly those brought up on it in the 70s and early 80s) should have. The music is supreme and Christina's vocals make the whole package what Renaissance could have sounded ... (read more)

Report this review (#28698) | Posted by | Wednesday, March 16, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Magenta are in my top-5 alltime favourite progrock bands...but the problem seems to be with this band, they are not underrated, but unknown!!. In prog circles in the UK they are pretty well known and online prog websites etc, so I would say they are pretty..underground. This is a bad thing, as Ma ... (read more)

Report this review (#28696) | Posted by SkUnKaDeLiC | Monday, February 7, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I was impressed with this disk even though I am not the biggest fan of female vocals.The symphonic prog is lush and creative even though the music is a touch romantic at times,typical with female vocalist.The music more than makes up for it.Its not that I dislike romance Its just that it is so ... (read more)

Report this review (#28695) | Posted by James Hill | Thursday, October 14, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is one of the best progressive rock albums of all time!!! everything is perfect. At first, everything sounds familiar but after a few listens, this albums grows in you and don't want to get out of your CD player! This is what every prog lover wants to hear:10 minutes plus songs, great song ... (read more)

Report this review (#28694) | Posted by stephdrum | Wednesday, October 6, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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