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Transatlantic

 

Symphonic Prog

4.07 | 749 ratings

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godfrey11
4 stars 4.5 Stars

After I heard the amazing Bridge Across Forever, I knew there was more. Some people even considered Stolt Morse Portnoy Trewavas to be the best Transatlantic album out there. So of course I picked it up as soon as possible.

By no means was I disappointed! This album has some moments that live up to, and maybe even surpass the second album by this supergroup. Overall, it isn't as strong, but it is still an incredible album, and a journey to listen to the whole thing.

The epic All Of The Above kicks off this album. The almost funky intro transforms into a progressive instrumental section that has everything: changing time signatures, hammond organ solos and great guitar and bass. Being 31 minutes long, the song does not stay the same. Ten minutes in, it breaks down into a slower, more peaceful section. The vocals shine here. Not long after, the song builds back up, only to slow back down again. There are many changes throughout this epic. Definitely the highlight of the album. 5/5

Next comes a ballad called We All Need Some Light. Neal really shines on the vocals here, and there is a great acoustic guitar solo by Roine. Overall one of the weaker songs, but still very strong. 4.5/5

Mystery Train comes next. It, like the track it follows, is shorter in length. However, this one is more up tempo and rock. This track has the best drumming on the album, Portnoy is the drum god! 5/5

My New World is a cool song with a string intro, followed by another wild, progressive ride. There is some great guitar work near the end, and the vocals stand out through the whole song. 5/5

In Held Twas In I is actually a cover of one of the first prog epics by Procul Harum, but I had not heard the song before. It's not the strongest on the album, but it is still a great way to end the album. 4.5/5

If you like any progressive rock, you will love this album! Highly recommended.

godfrey11 | 4/5 |

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