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ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

Crystal Palace

 

Neo-Prog

3.37 | 24 ratings

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Progrussia
4 stars Crystal Palace's debut is a very time-specific album, recalling of the times when neo-prog wasn't so dark and metallic. It's similar to earliy-era Arena or Pendragon, of better yet, Clive Nolan's before-Arena synth-pop influenced project Shadowland. On the Edge of the World has glossy production values of the 80s synth pop and commercial hard rock - theatrical vocals, cheesy pseudo-classical synths and loud airy guitars. Songs are relatively compact, and in addition to multi-part ones there are the typical 80s style theatrical (you see I use this word a lot here) fast rocker and theatrical ballad. Well I'm all for lots of lead guitar lines and passionate vocals, but even I think there is too much of this here, making it hard to focus on the stable melodies. Its not bad, but nothing that bands such as Arena didn't do better.
Progrussia | 4/5 |

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