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Citizen Cain


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2.63 | 50 ratings

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3 stars After reading several reviews of "Ghost Dance", the last thing I wanted to do is to buy this album, but as I mentioned in a past review, bought three CITIZEN CAIN albums very cheap and this album came with the trio.

So with reluctance placed it on my CD player and what a surprise, the album is very good, specially if we know that the music from this record is previous to their supposed debut "Serpents in Camouflage", when the band had a totally different formation and were still in the search for their definitive sound.

The first thing you notice is the poor recording because "Ghost Dance" was originally a demo released only in cassette and later upgraded to CD after the success of their first two albums, but well we are here to talk about music not production. It's also incredible to notice that the main instrument is the bass played with great skills by "Cyrus" who reminds me more of RUSH than of GENESIS as most people claim.

The album is opened with a nice acoustic overture called "Plaeatea", after the beautiful 1:39 minutes that set the music in motion,the band hits us with "The End of All Songs" which is clearly inspired in RUSH with an outstanding bass performance, vocals very close to "Fish" and very interesting contrasting sections, something very brave for a demo, being that the complexity of the structure is mot the best option to encourage a label, but IMO the result is surprisingly good

From this point, each song presents us a strong bass and vocals as a constant. Even when the keyboards are hard to be listened due to the terrible production, the interplay between the trio is pretty good, specially with "Tim Taylor's" guitar and "Gordon Feenies" Percussion, the rest of the instruments (added by the same three musicians) are not as str9ong as expected for a third release of a band, bun incredibly good for demo tape.

Even when Ghost Dance is not a masterpiece in the level of CITIZEN CAIN'S two first albums, it's a strong release that can be enjoyed by the audience and deserves no less than 3 stars.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 3/5 |


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