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3.65 | 420 ratings

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2 stars Pepper's Ghost seems to be a point where the writing team of Clive Nolan, John Mitchell and Mick Pointer, who as a trio had produced extremely effective compositions for the last few Arena albums, has found itself falling into a rut. The formula this time around is much the same as on Contagion - fairly straight ahead neo-prog with hard rock-bordering-on-heavy metal guitar work giving things a bit more muscle and grit - but the songwriting this time lacks the flair and sparkle which made the previous albums shine. There isn't, for instance, anything on the album to compare to the excellent one-two-three-four punch of Witch Hunt/An Angel Falls/Painted Man/This Way Madness Lies on Contagion. In fact, on the whole I'd say this is the least interesting Arena album to date (though I haven't heard their latest).
Warthur | 2/5 |


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