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3.49 | 136 ratings

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2 stars I recently decided to Rate all the music I own, and in some specific cases, write a review. Well, i haven't really got the time to sit down and write reviews, besides a few.

Got this album like 1.5 months ago because it was highly rated in PA, I'd already heard the 4 last manning albums, because I have a friend who really likes his music, so he got me into it. This album was a major disappoint, but i had it coming, why would I tried a new album by an artist which I haven't enjoy any of his prior albums? simple: because everybody keep saying "This is his masterpiece" , and it was positioned quite high on the yearly charts ...

They were right about something, It is his best album to date, no doubt about that. Unfortunately, for Manning that's not saying much.

The album open with a pleasant promising start, the epic tittle track, which after half of it seems to be way to long and the actual quote of quality/time goes decreasing exponentially. but that doesn't stop at the end of such track, the rest of the album is merely filler, A short LP consisting of one track only (or half of it) would have been more decent (or average).

With this I realize the only Manning I can enjoy seems to be when he acts as a complement of other musicians specially with Andy Tillison in The Tangent, don't get me wrong, he's a very handy musician and is not his fault that he got into a genre with just a few picky fans (isn't that how prog started anyway).

And the reason i decide to write a little bit about the album was more like a warning: No, unfortunately this is not what the word says it is, is the same Manning as usual.

Jörgemeister | 2/5 |


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