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2 stars Edited 10/7/2005!

From the poor cover art alone it's quite obvious that this was a commercial Pop Rock album by them. The times that the musical ideas have been brought in by Steve Hackett had been definitely gone by then. Some reviewer said "DOMINO" is still the best track. In fact I have to admit it's a rather good Pop Rock song but the fact that it has a ten minutes clocking doesn't make it more progressive than the rest. "LAND OF CONFUSION" is great somehow and became famous as well for a good reason. Although being mere Pop Rock, this song is at least well done, I have to admit. IMHO the album has its best moment at the end, I mean not in this sense that it's great when it's finally finished, no I mean the last track "THE BRAZILIAN", in my impression they are TRYING to sound a bit more like in the old days with this one, but it's really just a weak trial. I'm a big fan of this band but sorry to say but everything what came after WIND AND WUTHERING and the live album SECONDS OUT (with Hackett and Bill Bruford on drums) is almost not worth mentioning in terms of Progressive Rock. They were still quite fine after Peter Gabriel left and Phil Collins took over the lead vocals (nothing against his voice,he's a great pop singer, but even a much greater drummer), but the demise of Steve Hackett as the inspiring mastermind was too much for the band. And it's quite obvious that none of the remaining members was able (or willing due to commercial demands) to bring in a similar input. So that's how a great Prog Rock band became a rather successful Pop Rock band. Having one ear closed I can still rate this one with 2 stars!

hdfisch | 2/5 |


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