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REVOLUTIONS

Magenta

 

Neo-Prog

3.57 | 177 ratings

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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Symphonic Prog Specialist
5 stars A friend told me about this release about two years ago, with great emotion he started to describe it with this words: "Debut and double album recorded the year 2001, with four epics divided in parts like in "Close to the Edge" plus two acoustic songs, the band sounds as early GENESIS with a touch of YES". I thought this guy must be crazy. A symphonic album with epics in 2001? My surprise was double, the album is amazing, and everything my friend told me was true. In my opinion "Revolutions" is by far the best release from the last 15 years. The vocalist (Christina Murphy) reminds me of Stevie Nicks but with the operatic brilliance of Annie Haslam, simply perfect.

The first CD contains two epics "Children of the Sun" and "The White Witch" this suites are like a travel in time to the early 70's, all the symphonic magic of the of YES and GENESIS with a better production. The two epics are separated by a short acoustic named "Opus 1" that works as a moment to breath between the first two masterpieces. When I listen this small song I'm not sure if Rob Reed's main inspiration is only Steve HOWE because in some moments he reminds me of Steve HACKETT and his delicate style.

The second CD keeps almost the same structure, two multi part epics ("Man the Machine" and "Genetesis") separated by a short acoustic ("Opus II", in the same vein as the first one) and a mini epic "The Warning". I used to believe CD II was not as perfect as the first one but rediscovered the album in the past few days and now I love the two CD's just the same. CD II keeps the interest because the two epics have a more eclectic sound with influence of Neo Prog' and a touch of "Renaissance".

If you like Symphonic Prog'. This is the album you must buy, simply incredible, five solid stars.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 5/5 |

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