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The Crow
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3 stars I have a little problem with Pendragon: I think the Nick's Barrett voice isn't very good, like the weak sound of his guitar. Some guitar solos are nice, but the rest sounds very low and without force. I know that he is a good compositor and the Pendragon's soul, but I think he isn't a good musician... In addition, the album can be a little repetitive and boring sometimes if you listen it without a pause, because all the songs are very similar...

But Peter Gee's bass is very nice in all the record, like the great bass solo in the song Paintbox, and some Clive Nolan's keyboards melodies too, a lot in a 80's way (The Shadow is a good example of it...). The Fudge Smith's playing it's aslo cool, with some fragments with double pedal... But this good facts are a little dimmed by the lethargic Barrett's way of singing and his weak guitar riffs.

Best songs for me: As Good As Gold (very commercial and enjoyable song...), Paintbox (the best of the album...) and Masters of Illusion (very nice guitar melodies at the ending of this song...).

Conclusion: recommended for lovers of Neo-Progressive in its most commercial face.

My rating: ***1/2

The Crow | 3/5 |


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