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4 stars A Key Renaissance Album.

Rennaissance continue with the same pattern they set up on "Ashes are Burning" with this release, although it has a few more rock-oriented edges than its predecessor. Like 'Ashes', it contains some of their key compositions, including the excellent opener, "Running Hard", and amazing closer, "Mother Russia", both of which would become two of the highlights of their live shows (and on their great Live at Carnegie Hall album). "Things I don't Understand" is excellent too (the third-best track), while "I Think of You" and "Black Flame" are both beautifully-sung slow ballads that showcase Annie Haslam's beautiful voice (with the latter tune in particular producing a lovely dark pensive atmosphere). The only track here that could be considered a disappointment is "Cold is Being" which involves lyrics over top of the traditional classic piece "Adagio for Organ and Strings" by Tomaso Albinoni/ Remo Giazotto. This track just doesn't work, and I find I need to hit the skip button just for this one. But the rest of the album is just wonderful, a natural evolution from 'Ashes'. I give this album 8.4 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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