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3.53 | 124 ratings

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2 stars Another album that gets swamped in a wave of hyperbole, it actually stands as proof that having all the prog ingredients won't make a decent prog album unless you have decent compositions to back it up. The compositions are pedestrian at best, definitely sub-Genesis with foursquare rhythmic patterns and little in the way of thematic variation or musical development. The low point is definitely the instrumental "Mitternachtstraum", which features the most mechanical 5/4 time you've ever heard driven by a sequenced bass-synthesizer line.

The A-side features some rather average female vocals, and tends to impart a little more musical drama than the monochromatic instrumentals on the flip, but neither side really has enough musical development to keep my interest for very long. Couple that with two keyboard players that don't do anything that one good one couldn't, and colour me disappointed. All the Hammonds, Moogs and Mellotrons in the world can't make this look much more than strictly amateur.

Progbear | 2/5 |


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