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Symphonic Prog

3.58 | 86 ratings

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3 stars They can't be all zingers.

Oh well, The White Ladies is not giving me goosebumps as Birds did. Nothing's changed: baroque and roll, vast arsenal of keyboards plus this time string arrangements and even saxophone/flute! So what's the beef?

Well it's a concept album that don't get your attention. There's not much story behind, and even if there's sparse narration, it doesn't seem to add anything new or exciting. The action is tamed a lot: the fast and furious jams made space for a more dramatic ensemble with strings....and to my opinion, it does not suit them as well as their 'take no prisoner' style of before. I like Trace when they are frenetic and crazy with monkey sounds and whatnot. This time, it's more of a 'tear inducing' approach and it just falls a bit flat. The songs are hyper short (2 min. for many) and creates a tapestry taken as a whole but....(shrug).

Call it lack of inspiration or just a band ready to call it quits, this style of prog rock was getting corny in 1976 anyways.

Too well produced to be 2 stars, but don't expect a life changing experience.


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