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1 stars Embarrassing

The strangely titled Kowtow is easily Pendragon's weakest moments. While I have always found this band rather lightweight, even considering the band's 90's releases, the music of Kowtow is lightweight in the extreme. This music is basically soft 80's Pop Rock with only very slight progressive overtones. The often cheesy lyrics and the strong presence of saxophone on several tracks further strengthen the 80's Pop sound and feeling.

The actual songs are quite weak and not very memorable. With the exception of three longer tracks, the songs all range between four and five minutes and mostly lack anything out or the ordinary. What is even worse is the weak and timid sound of the drums and keyboards. I must emphasise that the instrumental attack is weak even by 80's standards. The guitars are slightly stronger, but there is surprisingly little of it. There is a serious lack of punch!

In fact, only the distinctive vocals of Nick Barrett remind us that this is the same band that later did much better albums.

This is only recommended for hard core Pendragon fans and even those will be embarrassed about this poor effort!

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |


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