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3 stars Throughout this album, it feels like a whirlwind of confusion. Sometimes a bad thing, sometimes a good thing. They definitely saw fit to slingshot themselves back and forth from unique sounds to commercial-like songs. I found the bass to be underwhelming throughout the album, unfortunately. And the drumming is nothing to write home about either. In saying that, Jon, Rick and Steve definitely have their moments.

'Future Times/Rejoice' is a strong opener. Upbeat and feverish, with some beautiful guitar work from Howe which accompanies the vocals well. It then takes a sharp turn into 'Don't kill the whale' which presents an emotional performance by Jon. The lyrics are definitely cringeworthy though, so if you can get past that, the song itself is great. Then comes the short but sweet, 'Madrigal' which flows beautifully. The harpsichord accompanying the vocals is stunning, and the song is well structured. Definitely a shining moment for Wakeman. Overall Jon's vocals are majestic and soaring, but in certain songs (Release Release) it sounds a bit out of place. Also, the 'cheering' sound effect is bizarre, and the lackluster drum solo is nothing to admire. The middle of 'Release Release' also drags on too long, and to me, is not needed.

'Arriving UFO' probably has the most unique sound of all the tracks. Howe making his guitar sound like a chattering alien will always impress me, and Wakeman's brilliance shines on this song as well. Once again though, Jon's lyrics are not up to their usual standard. His voice not as heavenly as usual, and speaking of heaven.. 'Circus of Heaven' is one of the weaker tracks, sounding quite messy. It doesn't go anywhere and feels all over the place.

And onward to 'Onward'. Which to me, is not only one of their weaker tracks, but the worst. Both boring and melodramatic, it really flatlines and drags on without adding anything interesting at any point. The guitar sound is needling and uninspired.Sleep inducing.

To end the album, 'On the silent wings of freedom' is some of Jon's best vocal work. I have no idea what Howe thinks he's doing on the guitar for most of it, and once again, it sounds messy in parts but finishes strong. Overall I don't mind it, but prefer others on the album (Arriving UFO, Future Times/Rejoice, Madrigal)

This album is hit or miss, absolutely, but the hits hit very high, and the lows aren't unforgivable, just bland.

Spacegod87 | 3/5 |


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