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4 stars WOW...another great neo whose only shortcoming is that they are not more widely known!

First, I must digress. Rewind the clock to the early 2010s...'Yes Clone Appreciation Month' begins when Jon Anderson blows out his vocal chords and ends when Benoit David (pronounced Ben-WA Da-VEED) serves up his own on a plate about a month later while fans admit 'there really is only one Jon Anderson'.

[Digression continues] That ill-fated event occurred years ago (cut me some slack folks!). Anderson and Howe are the only members of the original quintet still extant; Mr. White having published a creepy looking CD under his own namesake just before exiting planet earth one year and one month to this day.

David sang some super good stuff before getting ousted by someone not as good; bringing us fast forward to the current epoch. Calling his group Mystery (actually led by Monsieur St. Pere) a Yes clone is not really fair. When someone excels in football we don't call him or her a Lionel Messi clone (in American football a Tom Brady clone)...

Now for the current task: this review is for the album 'One Among the Living' but I feel the review and the rating could apply equally to both that and the album 'The World is a Game'. It is actually quite easy to review these without going into detail about which songs are better than others: the material is consistently neo and consistently good, and the originality level is high, something to which I attach a high value. There is a distant ring of Rush or Journey but it is just that - distant. There aren't many "weak spots", if any.

The balance of vocals to instrumentation is also near-perfect. All I can say is, if you like prog, buy this album. If you like neo-prog, buy this album. A solid 4 stars - no more no less.

gbjones | 4/5 |


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