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Tony Banks


Crossover Prog

3.83 | 100 ratings

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4 stars #26 Review

So, not so long since my last review. I come here knowing nothing about this, except that it has mostly positive reviews, but i also come from a failed attempt at reviewing Seven because i got a little bored (commentary not representative of what that actual review will be, i wasn't paying much atention).

1.- Siren 8/10 What a beautyful start! A soundtrack to a magical underwater world that flows with the rythm that the light reflected by the water and the ecosystem produce. Good choice of instruments, sounds really adventurous too, fulfills every feeling. This music demands imagination, but it also gets a little repetitive in the scales that keep coming back through the song, it is also a little too long from what it needs to be.

2.- Still Waters 6/10 This song gives me more of an autumn feel or of a place like a farm, i really don't feel much, its slow but it doesn't get much traction, sounds like an improvisation. Some parts sound really beautyful but it could have more going on. Halfway through, the music gets more exciting, but it gets back and ends a little too quickly.

3.- Blade 10/10 Parts of this music could easily belong on a Fire Emblem game. You can feel the landscapes, the adventure unfolding and the battle happening... or more so, a chronology of every space and time that a blade has occupied in history. I like the violins that pop in from time to time accompanying the exquisite main violin. It has a good amount of changes and goes back elegantly to the main motif from time to time, keeping it out from being boring.

4.- Wild Pilgrimage 10/10 I like the chord changes, this music also shows the passing of time in nature, but it goes since the conception and the passing of vegetation through the years, like what nature inherits towards the future... until a big rain unveils what a beautyful lake was hidden in that ravine.

5.- The Oracle 5/10 Really peaceful... sounds repetitive and simple also... maybe another improvisation? I don't think any of the music pieces here are, but this sounds like it.

6.- City of Gold 10/10 Am i wrong to believe in a city of gold? I read somewhere that Tony Banks was captivated about an story that inspired him in doing A Trick of the Tail, this music piece could be the ending of that idea, and the start sounds exactly like what you would feel when watching something as marvelous as a city of gold... is the person getting introduced to royalty next? Then are they telling the history of the place? Halfway through the music, night comes in, "will the place still exist once i wake up?" - wonders the protagonist. Morning comes and the city can't look more beautyful, it glows majestically... maybe too much for a pair of human eyes, the protagonist closes them, wonders how the day will continue, and the place disappears once people are approaching it, the protagonist is alone but happy, knows that the place is there and that it will appear again, so the city of gold opens up again once the people of good heart stay. As with Blade, this music piece goes back to its main motif elegantly while introducing new elements in between to accompany the story that revolves around the title.

This album was a really good ride, sometimes in some music pieces it was hard to identify what it was portraying, i think that some should've had different names. Overall this album gets an 82/100, wich is 4 Stars.

FalconBleck | 4/5 |


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