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Crossover Prog

4.22 | 932 ratings

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4 stars I have listened to this album, these songs, over and over for the past two years and I'm finally ready to say it: I don't get it! I don't understand the prog fascination with/appreciation for this album! Microsoft Deathstar (1 and 2) sound so much like something from the 70's, yet: haven't we had enough of the 70s? (And what's with the two note woofer-filling bass womps that appear in virtually every song?) While I do understand and appreciate the technical prowess of Phideaux' constructions, I just don't find them emotionally engaging or pleasing to my ears. And I LOVE 'classical music.' Perhaps if I were a lyrics-appreciating listener I would like this collection of songs better, but musically these songs are just plain, good, but plain. I have yet to feel any connection to the melodies or songs here. I appreciate the classical and ethnic themes and influences, and love the clear production. (Though, perhaps it's a bit too sterile!?) So many familiar melodies, so many interesting shifts and changes. It's surprising that I find the most monotonous song on the album, "Thank You For the Evil" my favorite. Perhaps it's because it stays constant long enough to convey a feeling, a mood--to make its point. And what's all the hype about the 'amazing' female vocal performances? Come on, people! (I guess they're better than/help distract from the lead male.)

3.5 stars rated up for clarity, consistency, and talent.

BrufordFreak | 4/5 |


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