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THE FADING GHOSTS OF TWILIGHT

Agents Of Mercy

 

Neo-Prog

3.16 | 113 ratings

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stranded_starfish
2 stars I'm not entirely sure what to make of this album, or what to say about it. Judging by its score on here, it's reasonably highly rated ? which leaves me a little confused. Perhaps I have missed the point somewhere?

It's not a bad album, as such. But, perhaps by nature of being something of a prog supergroup, it has something of a 'prog by numbers' feel to it ? there's very little here that really claws its way into either my consciousness or my subconscious, and moves me.

Overall, the album has something of a Gabriel-era Genesis feel to its sound (perhaps unsurprisingly ? singer Nad Sylvan is currently a key contributor to Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited project), but just seems somewhat one-dimensional in contrast to Genesis' depth. Things aren't hugely helped by how strained the vocals sound at times.

The other key issue, for me, is that at almost 1hr 18mins, this is a long album ? and feels about 25 minutes longer than it needs to be.

Despite all this criticism, as I said already, it isn't a bad album ? it just isn't a very good one either. In some ways, for all its variation in sounds, it ends up having something of a feel of prog elevator music. Nothing in it demands my attention.

2/5

stranded_starfish | 2/5 |

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