Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Beggars Opera - Waters of Change  CD (album) cover


Beggars Opera


Symphonic Prog

3.63 | 183 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer
4 stars This has been such an enjoyable listen this past week. Very melodic with the mellotron and organ usually dominating the sound. These guys just knew how to make great songs, which sound even better because of the hammond and mellotron. I wonder if Virginia Scott(mellotron) was any kind of an influence on Sofi Dahlberg from ANEKDOTEN.

"Time Machine" opens ominously before the organ and mellotron arrive. I love the guitar throughout this tune that recalls some of the great Krautrock guitar players. Everytime the vocals come in the guitar stops. It's an absolute mellotron storm during this track. Check out the organ 6 1/2 minutes in,and the guitar solo to follow. Initially this was my favourite, but "I've No Idea" may have surpassed it. "Lament" is a short organ piece with marching-like drums coming in part way through. This one seems to be a nod to their Scottish heritage. "I've No Idea" is just too darn catchy. The lyrics are on the poppy side but the music just sweeps me away. The piano, organ and drum melody is too pleasing. Some great organ before 3 minutes. Mellotron 4 1/2 minutes in as the vocals become soft. Great section ! Oh, and check out the guitar during the final minute. "Nimbus" is an instrumental of acoustic guitar, drums and synths? With mellotron and organ eventually joining in making it even better. This one is kind of atmospheric and spacey.

'Festival ' is an uptempo, fun track to start with. I like it better when it calms down 1 1/2 minutes in though. It takes off again 3 minutes in with flute joining in this time. Some nice guitar a minute later. "Silver Peacock(Intro)" is just that, a short intro featuring some spoken words introducing us to the next track, with organ helping out. "Silver Peacock" opens with a very classical sound of uptempo organ and light drums.The song changes and kicks off a minute in. Vocals,mellotron, organ and drums lead the way. I like this one. "Impromptu" is a short instrumental of gently played guitar and cello. "The Fox" has a lot of tempo changes and fairly fast paced vocals to begin with, although they change a lot too. I like the organ and guitar melody 3 minutes in. The vocals speed up again followed by a nice organ solo. Some beautiful mellotron followed by a heavy section where the lyrics make fun of the now caught fox. A very proggy tune.

I highly recommend this album.To fans of mellotron and organ this is a must have.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this BEGGARS OPERA review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives