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Citizen Cain


Symphonic Prog

4.10 | 170 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars For most this is their favourite CITIZEN CAIN album. This sophomore release continues with that strong GENESIS flavour as well as that Fish era MARILLION vibe. These guys do it all so well and with passion and emotion so it's hard not to be a fan.

Vocals come in before a minute on the opening track "Jonny Had Another Face" . This really reminds me of early MARILLION here when it settles, and it's so emotional too. A lot of starting and stopping and pulsating keyboards. Just a great sounding track that twists and turns. A calm 9 1/2 minutes in with reserved vocals to end it. So moving. "Junk And Donuts" features vocals and keyboards standing out early on. Again there's emotion for me, this time on the chorus. It picks up 2 minutes in. Great sound. Nice guitar before 4 1/2 minutes. Themes are repeated. Flute leads before 7 minutes. They're kicking butt after 8 1/2 minutes to the end. "To Dance The Enamel-Faced Queen" is so GENESIS-like. Vocals after a minute. The focus on this song is on the vocals and keyboards.

"Somewhere But Yesterday" is the over 25 minute tour de force. Synths to open as reserved vocals join in with drums and guitar. It picks up before 2 minutes although the tempo will continue to shift. Guitar solo before 7 minutes. Great sound before 10 1/2 minutes then it settles again. An atmospheric calm before 12 minutes then marching style drums arrive. Vocals 14 minutes in then it kicks back in before 16 1/2 minutes. Excellent instrumental section here then the vocals return. "Strange Barbarians" is again very GENESIS-like and fairly laid back. It picks up then settles back around 5 minutes. A change before 7 minutes as the atmosphere rolls in but it turns fuller quickly. An explosion after 10 1/2 minutes then almost silence to the end.

A solid 4 stars release. And a big thankyou to tszirmay.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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