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The Crow
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3 stars Kino, this kind of neo-prog super group made their debut back in 2005 with picture!

And this is an album which showcases mainly the personality of John Mitchell, with his unmistakable mellow and epic guitars and his soft vocals. The keyboards of John Beck give also an attractive and romantic 80's feeling to the music, and Pete Trewavas and Chris Maitland made also a good job.

The problem is this album is that it is a bit irregular in my opinion. Loser's Day Parade is an incredible piece of the best modern neo-prog-rock, while Letting Go has very beautiful vocal melodies and harmonies.

But sadly, almost the whole rest of the album despite being fine, pales in comparison to the first two tracks with a mixture of pop melodies and simple structures which are closer to AOR than prog-rock.

Best Tracks: Loser's Day Parade, Letting Go and Holding On.

Conclusion: Picture is an interesting album from this super group with a pair of wonderful songs and a bunch of just fine ones.

Nevertheless, the brilliant moments that it contains and the splendid musicianship of all the members of the band, make this debut from Kino an album which still deserves some attention.

My Rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |


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