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5 stars Millenium is a staple of the neo-prog genre, consistently churning out brilliant melodic rock year after year, closing in on 2 decade's worth (one of the few neo-prog bands whose ENTIRE back catalog is worth seeking out). The release of 44 Minutes is notable for an additional reason however, the last with long-time lead vocalist Łukasz Gałęziowsk. He's been amazing throughout, a pure talent, very sad to see him go. That said, the band shows zero sign of slowing down as they've quickly recruited new singer Mirek Smelkowski but for now, focus should be on the majesty that is this swan song release with Gałęziowsk on the mic.

In further proof that Millenium can do no wrong musically, this release additionally features the debut of new band member Dariusz Rybka on saxophone and does he ever deliver the goods! His work is liberally featured throughout the songs and all I can say after listening to this release many times is...more please. There is not a throwaway track to be found here, just excellent melodic prog from the first note to the last. This is beyond 5-star essential status if you truly love neo-prog as I do. Trust me it's not just a sax-prog album, all the lush guitar and synth barrages you crave are all here. It's still very much a classic Millenium release, albeit perhaps a bit more emotional and slightly downbeat, something I attribute to the mood of the band given the then-pending departure of Gałęziowsk. Neo-proggers will not be disappointed.

rickdeckard | 5/5 |


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