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2 stars I always have difficulties when speaking about Pendragon music. Possibly, they are just oriented to too different listener than me. But whenever I just trying to listen them time to time, I have my impressions on some their works as well.

First of all, this album surprised me being so bulky - there are few better melodic songs, with not-so-bad musicianship, and some songs which sound just terrible for me. I believe, that neo-prog is wrong place for searching on master musicianship or brave experimentalism. But even between these Genesis-influenced soft-pop-rock bands there are some professional ones. This Pendragon's album sounds for me as badly organized collection of some slow folk-influenced songs with half-spoken voice, few strange compositions with dated electronics on them and few more average typical Pendragon songs (Marillion songs shadows).

I am not regular neo-prog listener, possibly it is a reason, why I was almost shocked by level of musicianship on this album. Simple, almost pop-songs, worst then average arrangements. I don't want to speak about vocals -everyone who heard Pendragon music knows, that this is their weakest point. So - few standard mid-tempo melodic songs - is it enough for average prog album?

Sorry, I know that the band has many fans, so possible my point of view will sound not pleasant to some of them. I just tried to say what I felt when listened this album - with some arguments why I felt like that.

I believe band fans aren't too much interested in my review whenever it is point of view from outside world. But for not neo-prog maniacs I couldn't recommend this album at all, there are better works for sure.

snobb | 2/5 |


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