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4 stars This is easily my favorite Renaissance album. It is simultaneously the most experimental and the most integrated of all of Renaissance's albums. The first track, "Kings and Queens," begins with a long piano riff that's edgy, and almost violent, yet progresses to a harmonic conclusion. "Innocence" and "Wanderer" mesh--more than any subsequent work- -folk rock and classical influence with an emerging "progressive" sound. Also, in those last two pieces, Jane Relf's soaring, ethereal vocals synthesize very nicely with the musical arrangements: She lifts and elevates them as she weaves them together. All Annie Haslam could do in later albums were her own vocal pyrotechnics; the band members all seemed to be going in their own directions.
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