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Mike Rutherford


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3.70 | 174 ratings

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3 stars Lot's of four and five stars for this album. Huuum?

I wouldn't be that generous. Some OAR oriented songs, like ''Moonshine''; but remember this was released in 1980. It holds some ''Squonk'' values and is an average + opener; but no more.

Some songs (or parts) of this album sounds rather popish like ''Time & Time Again''. This was the mood of the year I would say. No harm but no big thing either. The real harm is reached with the weak ''Romani''. Actually, most of the first side of this LP isn't really outstanding in terms of prog to be honest (cf. ''Overnight Job'').

This album do share a lot of the music available while the band were only three. The epic that resides here sounds too much though as a combination of several songs rather than a smooth genuine epic. There are some fine moments and the whole is by far the best available on this creep's thing.

The opening '' Between the Tick and the Tock'' has definitely inspired ''Marillion'' (the genuine one of course) in their early days and is one the finest part of this work; plenty of emotion and talent.

''Cats & Rats'' does have a solid ''When They Were Three'' feel (again) which is far from being bad. At this time, it is about normal to say that the lead singer doesn't perform a great job. I quite like the instrumental parts: ''Smallcreep Alone'' which is quite melodic or the very ''Wind & Wuthering'' number called ''Out Of The Daylight''.

Don't worry though: this album which was released in 198 has much more to deal with ''Duke'' than with ''Abacab'' if you see what I mean. As such, I would rate it with three stars: a good album which features some fine moments. But by no means a masterpiece.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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