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4.14 | 716 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars I always had mixed feelings about this album. Ok, this is a real classic with some exciting and memorable tunes.

An original work in its nature, being the second chapter of the Radio Gnome saga. Original musically, blending typical Canterbury refined sound with more spacey and dreamy territories as in the opener "Other Side of the Sky".

For all this reasons, it is certainly an excellent addition to any prog music collection and, maybe, a masterwork of its genre.

Notwithstanding, the most part of it isn't what I would call exactly favourite item. It features some of the best flute playing I've heard in years, different from what you're used to listen in Tull. "Oily Way" is a stunning piece, I admit it. And it's not the only one. In fact it's matched by "Sold to the Highest Buddha". Excellent also the vocal parts and the sax playing.

On the other hand, it seems to lack in cohesion somehow. Ok, some of the remaining tracks can be suggestive and curious (there's a lot of humour that I cannot fully understand). Just listen, for example, to "Prostitute Poem" or to "Eat that Phone Book Coda". They generally fail to impress me, though. Sometimes are even boring , a little bit.

All in all this may be called an excellent album. For my taste it really has a pair of memorable moments. The remaining part is good which is not enough for a complete four stars rating.

3,5 from me.

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |


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