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2 stars This rating can be seen as a ''How dare you!'' type of rating. On the surface, ILLUSIONS ON A DOUBLE DIMPLE has very much promise of being a prog masterpiece. It has two twenty minute epic excursions and has more keyboards than you can shake a stick at. How could I give this only two stars?

Maybe it's because I have a little grudge against this album; before this, I thought that any double-digit epic would be great. Then I listened to the two things here, and I became an ''epic skeptic'' ever since. I can never enjoy myself when listening to either piece because each one seems to over-extend every idea ad nauseum. And it seems that whenever I get to the end of either epic, I get very restless just wanting the thing to just stop. That's not a sign that I'm enjoying what I'm listening to.

The music is just too suspect for me. Too much cheap, cabaret type stuff in the vocal sections, particularly the ''Bad Deal'' section of ''Mister Ten Percent''. While I like the ''Lucky Girl'' segment of the same piece, it really sounds too close to ELP's ''Lucky Man'' in title and any Greg Lake ballad in sound. The ELP sound is all over the place here from the Hammond organ sound to the phased drumming. And I swear that there's a ripoff of the ''Mission:Impossible'' theme somewhere in ''Triangle''. Most of the music just flat out doesn't excite me e.g. that bass jam in the middle of ''Mister Ten Percent''.

I have too many gripes with this album. I feel like I've described them in a cluttered mess of words, so let me summarise: the epics go on for much longer than my liking with themes that sound very suspect. If you cannot get enough prog, here you go.

Sinusoid | 2/5 |


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