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Blue Shift


Symphonic Prog

3.33 | 30 ratings

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This US band is yet another ''Yes'' clone (this country has produced many). I tend to be less indulgent with this type of work than some five years ago but let's see...

This album is almost nothing else than a tribute to this great band (well, except the intruder of course). The album opens on a high note to be honest: ''Wide Awake And Dreaming'' is a very pleasant YesSong: you'll get it all here! Some acoustic guitar intro, Wakeman keys, speedy electric guitar, Jon Anderson on vocals of course, a complex structure i tutti quanti.

If the whole album is made on the same mould, I have to say that we could have had a fine work to discuss about.

The harder title track, seriously leans on ELP for the intro up to the moment during which Jon comes back on the lead. Hectic beat, fine musicianship (I quite like their drummer here) and above average song writing for this type of band.

''Rome'' is a different story: it is a romantic ballad like the original model has produced a few. But don't expect a jewel melody a la ''Wonderous Stories''. This song builds up nicely into some bombastic extravaganza of keys and guitar, but the closing is definitely a parody. Still, not too bad so far.

As far as I'm concerned, from ''Walking On Air'' onwards, the album has no further value. Short and straight-forward pop songs with a YesColour and that's it. From average (at best) to poor. Even the closing track '' Flintridge'' which returns to a longer format is not able to capture my attention.

Now, a few words about the intruder. ''Immigrant Song'' is also featured on this album. Robert & Jon on the same album! What a miracle. Even if the singer in charge of those two roles (Anderson & Plant) is not doing a bad job, it is sufficient to say that these two different styles (which I like both that's not the problem) doesn't fit very well while they are sitting side by side.

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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