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C Sides


Crossover Prog

3.86 | 9 ratings

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4 stars Eh, Plain or Plane? Just let me note that I already was impressed by the prior release, fortunately detected in 2020. That was the kick-off for a thematically related two album project. Of course also suffering from some COVID-19 trouble in between concerning the logistics, what has slowed up things a bit. Now 'Purple Hearts Corner' was dealing with a somewhat ambivalent issue. The story turns around a B-17 bomber sent to Fascist Germany across the English Channel during Second World War. And so, at first, I was puzzled due to the new album title. A deliberated typo? Probably it will be kept as a secret forever and ever. The first song on the new album then directly points to a different plane. The potential attacker, German Messerschmitt pilot Franz Stigler. This at least makes sure, the story will be continued, probably even underway in Italy too. But I have to confess, while not having the lyrics at hand, it's a bit difficult for me to profoundly follow text content related.

Anyway, concerning the supplied music this is on a high level again, partially tending to an eclectic attitude. I do smell a proper experimental approach in this case, considering that some of them are deriving from the more easy-going Magenta family actually. Yep, Crossing The Rubicon and the album's title track are proving that without fail, take your time. Thus you will board a pleasant lift here. Missing any enemy in the end, and without a permanent altitude of solely 250 feet. Would be a bit dangerous, or what? Composition and instrumental free flight masterfully combined. The line up as such remains stable. But the album features more, yet rather spectacular female vocals, delivered by Sian and Lucy Elson. 4.5 stars, a really touching album. Released through White Knight Records in November 2021, this is an absolutely recommended release, at best as a bundle including co-twin 'Purple Hearts Corner'.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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