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Magna Carta


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3.42 | 37 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars Debut album from this Folk rock group that will always be on the fringe of prog rock, but never really be part of it in terms of music. Their blend of folk rock was sometimes close to epic and reached some dramatic heights, even writing multi-movement suite (like the title track of this album), but their music was never complicated.

In terms of influences, one can say that vocally, they were often very comparable to what Simon And Garfunkel did. So they sounded more often like a US folk rock, rather than a more British/Celtic folk band, although they delved on both sides on the border. Their sidelong title suite is the main attraction for proigheads, but somehow (if beautiful) the track really fails to convince us. Never does the music get wild or even involved with itself. It is almost like it was afraid of its potential passion, so no matter how much space it was given, it would never allow itself to expand musically even ifd Mr Wakeman and the London Symphonu Orchestra help out. However, I find that the string arrangement only add a coat of sugar on top of the music and is suffocating it rather than spicing it up

But nowhere did their music really get off on the shorter tracks of side 2 as well, and I guess that this pretty well gives you an idea of the group's real potential seen from poroghead's eyes. Plenty of pleasant moments, but the album lacks depth , grits and tripes.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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