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3.63 | 32 ratings

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3 stars Swiss bands aren't that many; be it prog or just rock.

For sure, the music is not too original and a certain Floyd influence is noticeable (just listen to the very good but very Gilmouresque guitar solo during the opening and title track). Things get a little worse with the second and fully neo track "New Lords". As you might have understood, some features of "when they were four" are available on this song. OK, no harm is being done, but again: originality is not the strong point here.

The downhill goes on with the weak "Didn't We Know". Pastiche, no feeling, not much of a good song to be honest. If some elements of symphonic prog were available during the opening number, I have to say that it is not the case any longer with the remaining songs from this album. Don't get me wrong: the music is well performed, but the compositions are just average.

Some definite jump into Gabriel's solo repertoire (which I have never really appreciated and therefore never have reviewed) with the short "No One's Home" is not to reassure my thoughts; but that's what we have to face. Even if a song as "Another Day" features an elegant guitar part.

The attraction of sounding like PG is a bit too much for me (but not the theatrical one from the early "Genesis" days). It is again the case when one reaches "Not Far From Heaven". Well performed but too serious and predictable.

The closing track is almost a joke: some sort of mix between "Supper's Ready" (the "Apocalypse" part) and some prog metal lines. You can take this, but I leave it.

After a very good start, this album is somewhat disappointing. A good work though, but no more than three stars can top this review.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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