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Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


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Most of the old progheads miss the 70's when Prog' reached the peak, atmospheric guitars, wonderful keyboard solos and beautiful symphonic arrangements where things from the past until this great band released "Revolutions".

MAGENTA was born in the year 2001 as a one album project, Rob Reed (a talented keyboardist and composer who had worked on several good prog bands like FYREWORKS, CYAN and TRIPPA) decided to join Christina Murphy (Now Christina Booth), an incredible vocalist that has a bit of Stevie Nicks with the brilliance of Annie Haslam plus of course her personal and unique style and release "Revolutions", a double conceptual album about the moments that changed humanity (small revolutions). For that purpose they decided to hire some session musicians for the recordings. But the project was too big for that, and fans started to ask for live concerts, so they change the plans and form a permanent band, with Tim Robinson (Percussion) who with the other members Chris Fry (guitar), Martin Rossen (guitar) and Matthew Cohen (bass) form the almost definitive lineup.

Their debut album "Revolutions" blends the spirit of the 70 Symphonic bands with the perfect production of the XXI Century, is easy to find references of YES, GENESIS and even Mike OLDFIELD, a very ambitious project that satisfied the exigent British critics. They announced their next album "Seven" and the fans kept waiting for almost three years before it was released, After recording "Seven", Tim Robinson left the band so a MAGENTA fan and very competent drummer Alan Mason-Jones joins MAGENTA.

In 2004 when this conceptual album about the Seven Capital Sins is released, less symphonic than the previous but with the energy of Neo Prog bands like PENDRAGON and MARILLION (FISH-era) the long waiting period was worth, MAGENTA shows a more mature sound and for the joy of old progheads the influence of the 70's heroes is still clear. The last change in the lineup comes, Tim Robinson leaves MAGENTA and Alan Mason-Jones, a drummer who was already a MAGENTA fan joins the band in time to release the Single "Broken". This CD presents four other themes including the wonderful Church Organ solo "Opus III" by Rob Reed and the power ballad "Call Me". This short album shows a more mature band that has a clear and unique sound, even when there are some references to classic prog' bands.

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MAGENTA discography


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MAGENTA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.55 | 160 ratings
Revolutions
2001
4.09 | 300 ratings
Seven
2004
3.47 | 109 ratings
Home
2005
3.76 | 91 ratings
Home + New York Suite
2006
3.71 | 191 ratings
Metamorphosis
2008
3.61 | 126 ratings
Chameleon
2011
3.85 | 202 ratings
The Twenty Seven Club
2013
3.97 | 72 ratings
We Are Legend
2017

MAGENTA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.75 | 36 ratings
Another Time... Another Place
2004
3.76 | 29 ratings
Live at The Point
2008
4.20 | 21 ratings
Live at Real World
2010
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Gathering
2010
4.04 | 14 ratings
Live: On our way to who knows where
2012

MAGENTA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.61 | 45 ratings
The Gathering
2005
3.91 | 24 ratings
Live At The Point 2007
2009
4.14 | 10 ratings
Chaos From The Stage
2016

MAGENTA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.07 | 31 ratings
The Singles
2007
3.37 | 10 ratings
The Collection
2008
4.00 | 6 ratings
The Singles Complete
2015

MAGENTA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.86 | 22 ratings
Broken
2004
3.19 | 8 ratings
I'm Alive
2004
2.91 | 10 ratings
Night And Day (with Annie Haslam)
2006
3.61 | 16 ratings
The New York Suite
2006
2.82 | 12 ratings
Speechless
2007
5.00 | 9 ratings
Wonderous Stories
2009
3.63 | 8 ratings
The Lizard King E.P.
2013
3.80 | 5 ratings
Trojan E.P.
2017

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 We Are Legend by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.97 | 72 ratings

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We Are Legend
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars UK band MAGENTA has been among the more popular of the relatively recent progressive rock bands ever since they appeared with "Revolutions" back in 2001. So far they have more than a dozen of studio and live albums to their name. "We Are Legend" is their most recent studio album, and was released in the spring of 2017.

Just about anyone with an interest in well made, sophisticated yet also accessible progressive rock in general and perhaps even more so those with a passion for the symphonic oriented varieties of this style should already be well aware of the UK band Magenta and their take on that particular aspect of the genre. "We Are Legend" is a quality example of that kind of progressive rock, and a production that warrants a check by those who tend to fancy music of this nature ? a high-quality CD of modern symphonic progressive rock and one that should have a broad general appeal.

 We Are Legend by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.97 | 72 ratings

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We Are Legend
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars This is easily Magenta's best album for a progressive rock fan, and right up there with Seven as a great starting place for their catalog of music. With three mammoth tracks, that alone should have most of us excited. Well, Magenta delivers an excellent performance on all fronts. Superb musicianship support these excellent compositions, along with sound samples and some well placed guitar solos with a Floydian vibe. It is clear that they put polish into these tracks. Christina Booth has an addictive quality to her vocal performance. She always draws me in on every album, and We Are Legend is no different. From the perfect pitch, to the exceptional phrasing, I always love the way she sings. The 26 minute Trojan starts things off, and I have no complaints with Colours or Legend. It is a must have album for a Progressive Rock fan. 4.5 stars.
 Chaos From The Stage by MAGENTA album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.14 | 10 ratings

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Chaos From The Stage
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This new DVD of Magenta contains tracks mostly taken from their last three albums. This concert is presented in the best picture quality you can have for a standard DVD, and in the almost perfect sound that let you enjoy every instrument almost like a studio album. The band offers a modern symphonic prog sound that doesn't bring something new, but the strong songwriting and great musicianship will capture your attention. Chris Fry guitar sound is quite remarkable sounding a lot in the territory of Steve Howe. So it's not a surprise to hear a huge Yes influence on the band's music. If I had to pick up some favorites on this 100 minutes concert, I would choose the epic "The Devil At The Crossroads" with his multi-movement going from the light and the more dynamic parts. "Guernica" from the album "Chameleon" that shift from the acoustic to the electric is another great track. From that same album, "R.A.W". show a darker and heavier side of the band, it works very well!. Finally, the other epic of that good album with the title track "Metamorphosis" conclude this interesting set-list. This another fine release for Magenta that is another nice addition to the band live releases.
 Seven by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.09 | 300 ratings

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Seven
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by CapnBearbossa

3 stars I must confess, I do not understand what compels this group of obviously talented individuals (not least Christina Booth, who is possessed of one of the loveliest singing voices in all of modern pop music) to want to call themselves a "Prog" band. Ok, Rob Reed is a talented multi-instrumentalist, as he has proven with his solo albums Sanctuary I and II, and he can do a mean imitation of a Tony Banks keyboard solo or one-man orchestrated work à la Mike Oldfield, but - really? - is it possible to go from seemingly rote imitation to being the real article? And if so, do they succeed?

Let us assume that by calling Magenta "Prog" (and yes, I've heard him describe his band using this word) Reed means not that they belong to that original British vanguard that serenaded us throughout the 1970s with one eargasm right after another, but rather that - as indicated by Magenta's "Neo-Prog" classification in this website - he is following the pattern set by early 1980's stalwarts such as Marillion who sought to revive the flagging banner of progressive rock in a slightly more commercial, if still extremely virtuosic, idiom.

If that is true, then I believe Magenta hits a shade skew of the mark with 'Seven' -- supposedly a concept album dealing with the seven deadly sins. The music is certainly polished and listenable, in an Asia-meets-Genesis kind of way, from the Howe-esque guitar solos to the Downes/Banks hybrid keyboard lines ... but, with few exceptions, that music does not help rekindle old fires or rejuvenate (if that was the hope) what in the classic sense of the phrase "progressive rock" is by now a long lost art - for better or worse.

Add to this that certain Steve Reed (brother to Rob? don't know) has written the lyrics for these songs, words that admittedly provide lead singer Christina with something to use those amazing pipes on (again, that's not a bad thing); but other than that they don't really have a purpose and, by themselves, don't much impress. More than that, a look through this rather vapid libretto shows not the slightest connection between the ostensible concept of this album -- as embodied in song titles such as "Gluttony," "Greed," etc -- and the lyrics to the corresponding songs. Make of that what you will; but, as usual with a group and album that purports to be - Proggy, for lack of better words - the music itself is actually going to be the thrust and the essence of the thing.

And on those terms, Magenta do pretty well, and the playing here is at least competent.

Group spokesperson Stephen Lambe admits in his liner notes (written for the special 2-disc remixed/remastered version of 'Seven' that came out in 2009) that Reed's purpose in presenting the Magenta debut album 'Revolutions' in 2001 was to make music in the spirit of Yes and Genesis, but goes on to quote Reed in his affirmation that he intended this, their sophomore effort, to "develop an authentic Magenta sound." I don't honestly know if I should take that as a good sign, given that the album stakes its claim on some pretty blatant imitations (among them, the almost exact same organ sound you hear in Genesis' "Entangled"). Now, quite obviously, the band is adored by a select few, and in deference to those I'll grant this 78-minute excursion into, erm, proggish territory three stars instead of the two I think it merits.

So, as for me then, this CD/DVD combo makes its way back to the shelf, and I may change my opinion in years to come. But for now, Magenta strikes me as a group clinging too much to glories of a bygone time, and always looking over their shoulder at past heroes.

 The Twenty Seven Club by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.85 | 202 ratings

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The Twenty Seven Club
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by poito

3 stars Good the band Magenta had time to think over their return's Chamaleon. This 27 gets them back to the good track. And whit it, the prog heroes sounds return. It seems these guys need to get dressed in their youth musical sleeves to get inspired. Unfortunately, the composition only gets high at times. As usual, the singer Christine would have been better mouth closed. She puts emotion only from time to time. Some tracks are written to wear voices, like Pearl, The Gift or The Devil at Crossroads. These are fillers on my view, songs for a TV show. The natural inputs in this album are The Lizard King, Ladyland Blues, and Stoned. I coincide with other guys in that they might have put a bit more of the honored musicians in the respective themes. If they tried, no one noticed it. A great idea and a missed opportunity.
 Chameleon by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.61 | 126 ratings

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Chameleon
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by poito

3 stars Magenta moves away from classic symphonic prog in this album. It was kind of expected. They drift to more contemporary melodies and arrangements a la Garbage, although they still make the usual winks to prog heroes as in the Yessistic Guernica. The album contains mostly short cuts, it is heavier, and the music distillates a less spirited mood than in former occasions. Rob Reed's keyboardist and composer wrote fewer passages for the keys and the workload is in the side of the guitars. Probably, they wanted to make something newer for their return, but they fail, it sounds more contemporary, not new, they were not in a good compositional moment after hiatus and rebuilding; this is a far less ambitious work than former enterprises. As in the magnificent SEVEN, there is an instrumental version of the album, which despite the short themes, it sounds less demotivated than the spoken version. But only some tracks stand without the lyrics, Breath and Glitterball. Singer Christina Booth adds little to the music here, her most accomplished theme is Book of Dreams and the closing theme Red. Musically, it is a step back for the band.
 Metamorphosis by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.71 | 191 ratings

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Metamorphosis
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by poito

4 stars Magenta initiates here a rather sound-autonomous path, without the burden of being too anchored in the sounds of the 70's (still present though). This is a peculiar album with two long 20 min compositions and two linked shorters. It is difficult to describe the musical content of the long epic tracks, they are so varied. Many tunes with unnoticed transitions. But contrary to the magnificent SEVEN, the music here needs, or it was written thinking on the lyrics. While in SEVEN Christine had to struggle to find room for her in the music (actually, there is an album version without voices that is much, much better for the audiophiles), here there are many passages emptied for she to tell us stories. She is a good singer, but if you aren't interested in stories, as is my case, her voice gets to bore in these long themes. She is more suited for shorters and Oldfieldean prog-balads. For instance, in 2013 re-edition there are some orchestral remakes of pieces from the The Ballad of Samuel and in Prekestolen where the lyrics are justified and her voice shines bright. Anyway, the entire album is an enjoyable piece of work, with some perfect compositions, full of sensitive passages, using well-known resources for the uncomplicated prog listener that is not bothered by having voices around.
 Home + New York Suite by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.76 | 91 ratings

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Home + New York Suite
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by poito

4 stars Short and easy. If you go through the reviews of this album you'll see quite agreement. This band borrows, and it borrows a bit too much. Sometimes it looks as a tribute band. Songs like Journey, are but a salad of great classics by YES and GENESIS, and most others contain different amount of other's bits. You'll also find agreement as to the well-making, sensitivity?and the possibilities the band has to create own music. Should we overlook the near-plagiarism just because they play the sounds we never wanted their true parents to stop playing? This is where you'll probably get divergence in the reviews, some say yes, others say no. I go for the no. This band can do without it. There is a difference between borrowing a style and borrowing the ideas. The album is worth four and half stars, but I'm tempted below for too much help received.
 Seven by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.09 | 300 ratings

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Seven
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by poito

5 stars First of all: Get the instrumental version. If you really want to get the essence of this album, go and chase for it. It is worth the effort. It is not that the singer blows it up, Christine has lots of followers, but the composition here needs no gimmicks or distractions for the human listeners. SEVEN is an impressive collection of themes that is better listened raw. I don't think anyone was thinking on sins, demons, angels or other religious paraphernalia when assembling the music that was flowing out of heads. This is plain music, seven gorgeous compositions, that's all. Magenta uses the well-known shameless pile of sounds of earlier prog heroes as the instruments in a symphonic orchestra and combine them perfectly with their own stuff to raise one of the finest prog works ever. I'm pretty sure that no prog heroes would complaint, they rather should be Proud for the borrow of their sounds, and they would probably be Envious too for these compositions not being their own creations, sure they will swallow them with Gluttony; if anything, they should be ashamed for being Sloth and Greedy when they left the good track to collect money out of fame; anyway, Oh prog-gods, don't get Anger, you know that we, your musical slaves, have forgiven you for that much you gave us, just sit back in your Olympic armchairs, relax and feed your Lust with this magnus opera. Not all is yours. This seven are ours.
 Seven by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.09 | 300 ratings

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Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by TechnicallySpeaking

5 stars What can I say! I had the pleasure of seeing this band play live at the North East Art Rock Festival in 2007. Seven had been recently released, so the set list included a lot of songs from this album. Magenta was one of my favorite performances of that year.

I was recently listening to this record, and realized that I never reviewed it on ProgArchives, so felt compelled to do it tonight. While the lyrics of the songs do not really fit the theme of the seven sins, there are some interconnects, and each song definitely has its own charm. Of course Gluttony is the big-long epic and very enjoyable, but Sloth is probably the best song (my favorite) from the album.

I am not going to go through the process of reviewing every song in detail with this late review, but instead will tell you that if you are a progressive rock fan, this is a must-listen record and an essential addition to your collection.

I would be happy to see this album have a resurgence and would really like to see this band play in the US again at some point.

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