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Marty McFly
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4 stars First thing that came on my mind is that "Chosen" starts with some kind of non-so-pleasant sound for me 2:49 starts perfect combination of acoustic guitar playing easy, but strong riff, with drums doing this heavy sound which, connected with overall A. feeling sounds good. Well, it sounds as I want it to be. Of course supported by synths in background. 3:22 there's characteristic sound of Arena's electric guitar performing this solo.

"The Butterfly Man" is one of my two favourite tracks here, guess which one is second (smile). In 0:53-1:13 comes (how-to-name-it?) riff, one of two significant ones here, add 2:09-2:26 and together with first one and softly spoken (just with in exactly same soft way played synth) passages, you have described almost every part of song. Except the lyrics. They're haunting. When you compare sound of this and last track Synth (so little bit ethereal) sounding "Ghost in the Firewall", Pendragon like "Climbing the Net" and somehow different "Friday's Dream" makes nice tracks, easy to listen, but yet quality ones which have one big problem. They're on a bad place in a bad time. In the shadow of 6th track.

"Moviedrome" is strange song. Yeah, I can talk here about story (MovieDRONES go to MovieDROME) which took me a lot time to understand, but I will not. Really, excuses me, but I'll talk about this at "Breakfast at Biarritz" live album, because I heard BaB first and think that there is better version of it, just parts 8:10-10:50 sounds the same. I choose exactly this time, because then one of guitar solos began, unfortunately one of these I don't like too much. Instead of clear sound, it's muted here. I don't like live versions too much, exactly because of this, but here's the situation is reversed. Yeah and solo 11:13-to the end of another solo is also good. Don't take me bad, it's normally good that they don't sound same on album and live version, but here, album one is not so good. But I still like it.

Four stars boys and girls, if last tracks are under influence of Moviedrome, all these two tracks which appears on Biarritz are influenced by BaB. Irony ?

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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