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Sean Trane
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1 stars 1,5 stars really!

One of those album I love to hate , and one of the worst piece of crap that would be included in these Archives . Well I'm exagerating a bit to drive my point home as everyone of their later records will exceed the crappiness of this one . This may not sound very charitable a comment especially given the superb line-up of the band , but with this album , clearly the 80's were not to be a musical decade for me.

At the time, this was one of my first acquaintance with Wetton's vocals (outside of Crimson) and they are so horrendous on here that it took me years to actually give him another chance, as I always thought he was copying Greg Lake's timber by this time. He is not the only one to be deceptive because although most of the tracks are still "prog" per se, and the songwriting is obviously professional (and so very commercial), there is almost absolutely no space for music to expand. Almost all tracks follow the Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-10 second solo-Verse-Chorus formula that a normal proghead quickly becomes disgusted.

The two or three MTV videoclips were certainly not helping me liking them, either , but apparently a lot of progheads were preparing for the lean prog decade by accepting to eat mices and rats instead of beef and chicken.

Sean Trane | 1/5 |


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