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Symphonic Prog

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4 stars Return of the Proto-Kaw

Kerry Livgren has produced another excellent effort with nearly the original crew from the early 70s. This is a flawless RetroProg album with some transitions to Mainstream which needs some turnarounds to get really familiar with. The music is more symphonic and less guitar dominated. Some similiarities with KANSAS cannot be ignored.

The opener Alt More words than known is significant for the album - the impressing voice of Lynn Meredith, various use of keyboards even with some orchestral moments, John Bolton with his flute, sparingly but excellent guitar work and at least a rhythm section with the necessary pressure. The following Leaven is my favourite with remarkable guitar riffs, many tempo changes, sloped saxophon parts and sparkling piano - excellently arranged.

Other songs which especially are attracting my attention are the fantastic Quantum leapfrog with a very jazzy touch, Gloriana, Heavenly Man with a surprising reggae groove in the middle and The Occasion Of Your Honest Dreaming which remembers at the 60's - a simple but nice song in a more Country/Folk mood just for a change. All the other songs are also worth to deal with - promised!

An album which is interesting for KANSAS aficinados first of all and also can be recommended to every symphonic oriented Rock fan.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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