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Magic Pie


Symphonic Prog

3.83 | 280 ratings

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4 stars Magic Pie seem to be a band that is well versed in the prog giants of the past, and they have learned wisely. Their skill is best exhibited on this disc, Motions of Desire, a 75 minute romp of bombastic keyboard lines, soaring vocal melodies, commanding guitar, and epic songwriting. In my opinion, it is one of the finest modern symphonic albums. Like bands of ages past, these are all phenomenal musicians. It's not overly solo driven, but with the way Magic Pie plays, it certainly could be. The keyboard playing is certainly a highlight, likening that aspect of the band to that of ELP or Dream Theater. In fact, this band has the driving, instrumental melodies of those two mentioned presented in a more listener-friendly way so that it is not overbearing, but still completely mind blowing through its level of skill.

Perhaps the best reasons why this album would make an excellent addition to a prog collection can be summed up in the amazing, jaw-dropping opener, Change. Not a dull moment in this 20 minute monster. The harmonies of the chorus, or one of the choruses, is a highlight for sure. There are some really cool stylistic breakdowns, especially those where they go A Capella. Of course there are quite a few points where it gets quite metallic, which comprises the majority of the more modern direction in which Magic Pie takes their music. In fact, there is an amazing and very metal guitar solo during the album's third epic, Illusions of Reality. Being a metal fan is by no means necessary to enjoy the music here, but it can't hurt. I managed alright despite being very far from a metalhead. The melodies are enough to make this album more than just universally appealing, but universally loved. This album was a real surprise treat, a hidden gem if you will. If you like the slick sounds of Spock's Beard/Neal Morse, Dream Theater, or any other symphonic band from the 70s to today, do your self a favor and discover this band!

moreitsythanyou | 4/5 |


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