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3 stars A truly Eclectic Prog album.

So much that I have found it hard to put down on paper what I feel about it. This is a very complex album and the most multi-layered Manning album I have heard so far. Guy Manning went deep into the world of music on this album.

This album has everything from reggae to hard rock. Most of all; it has the 1970s sown up on one album. From Yes through Fairport Convention and Genesis to Bob Marley and Bad Company. I am sure there are tens of other bands I can mention here too. But I guess you get my drift. The music is mostly multi layered and very difficult to penetrate for a relative newbie like myself. I therefore regard this album as a bottle of wine I need to store for the next five years and then open. In other words; this review will be amended in August 2014. The things that binds the melodies into an album is melancholy and Guy's melancholic voice. The rest of the album is a pretty wild ride from the rather catchy opening song Tightrope to the twenty-five minutes long hard rocker Ragged Curtains.

Quality wise, I think this album is a good album. The songs are all good. But the main problem is the lack of a killer signature tune. The album is also too fragmented to really keep me interested throughout the almost seventy minutes it last. It is obvious that this is Guy Manning's most ambitious project ever. In anyone's standards; it is a very ambitious project. Guy Manning just about pulls it off.... just. It is a very good album, but not his best. This review will be reviewed and amended again in five years time because I think I need that timespan to let this album mature.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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