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Citizen Cain


Symphonic Prog

3.35 | 75 ratings

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4 stars Edited 09/26/05!

Their latest album needs for sure a couple of spins more than the previous one which was still more or less a nice album much in the GENESIS / MARILLION vein, but not that much intricate. Here things are completely different, they managed to find a more original and independent style and one could rather name GENTLE GIANT as a strong influence. The degree of complexity can be compared with the one of masterpieces like CTTE or IN A GLASS HOUSE. Apart of being very intricate the compositions here are quite somber and the only Genesis resemblance still present is the Gabriel-esque voice of Cyrus. New Guitarist Phil Allen is presenting an excellent guitar work and after one has finally found access to the music, it's really an enjoyable album and definitely a grower ."Falling from Sephiroth" , "Rivers of twilight" or "Sleeping in Penumbra" are just awesome tracks just to name a few highlights. But the whole album has a very high value for money ratio

As a SUMMARY I'd like to say that "Playing Dead" is for sure their best and most intricate release so far and for me one of the best albums in symphonic prog of the new millennium. Anyone who likes well-done dark and intricate prog more in a 70's style but not too much derivative should check out this album and although I'm careful to give it the full score, I'm quite sure it deserves 4,5 stars.

hdfisch | 4/5 |


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