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3.54 | 154 ratings

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3 stars The first album from this band caused some trouble in the PA community. Such a derivative "Floyd" work was intolerable. IMO, there are so many bands who are taking their sources in "Genesis" like IQ, The Watch, Puppet Show etc. Why not from "Floyd" ?

This album will diversify a bit. On top of "Floyd" we'll get several "Porcupine Tree" like ones as well. Not from their early repertoire of course; more in-line with their poppier one. Songs as "Sugar for the Ape" (a bit harder than most of the other songs), "Tell Me Why" or "Believe Me" are very close. Soft and mellow. Pleasant but not great.

This is the major reproach for this album. It holds a bunch of mellowish songs, with nice vocal melodies of course but lacking some "nerves" like "Waiting For A Smile". The opener "Trying To Kiss The Sun" being really a (good) pop-rock song. Good beat and catchy melody.

Songs also look like too much the same and "I Don't Know (What It's Like)" is not going to break this guideline. There will be also the very average and pastoral "Side By Side" which could have been avoided. The next one "You" also belongs to the weak songs from this album.

The one and only truely great piece of music is the closing "Home Again". Fully in-line with their debut album and their Floydian style. I can't help. It is within this style that I prefer the band to play. Wonderful chorus and fantastic guitar solo. A masterpiece.

Three stars. A good album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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