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THE WEDGE

Pallas

 

Neo-Prog

3.01 | 116 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars This second Pallas album is quite a disappointment.

The band belonged to the early neo-prog movement, but this album which is just a P.I.T.A. There are actually not a single great song featured: some are passing the test of a crappy stuff, but just by an inch.

It is a pity to listen to this album: Pallas sounded better during their debut The Sentinel even if it was not a masterpiece. But one will be able to measure the difference between a good album (The Sentinel) and a poor one like this Wedge.

Most of the tracks are frankly best avoided (Win Or Lose). AOR or sub-par tracks are the usual stuff available. The drop in creative music is incredible. Even if the band doesn't hold the same musicians, it is quite unbelievable to discover these new sounds.

IMHHO, this album is quite uninteresting, and dull. This is poor AOR, hence inconsistent prog music. Even if the band is willing (trying) to impress with some more popish tunes (The Executioner), the listener is faced with below average tracks.

In these middle eighties, there were quite a few bands that developed better and more original ideas. Palllas had the good idea to turn up with some easy listening prog pop music. I have to admit that most of the songs featured on this album aren't thrilling. On the contrary: they are pretty straight- forward and feeling less.

The new vocalist is OK, the band shows obvious skills (mainly Ronnie Brown on the keys - but not only). But the song writing is quite average and this is the major disappointment of this work.

At times, there are bombastic moments which at last show another facet of the work from Pallas. Unfortunately, these moments are too short to be significant. But at least, they have the merit to exist.

This album is not essential at all. I would say that it is even boring because it sounds almost the same throughout the whole length. This release doesn't hold enough great moments to hold your interest even if Sanctuary is the best song that you can expect form this album. Thr closing number is called Nightmare...

Two stars for this effort.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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