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Symphonic Prog

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Erik Nymas
2 stars Terminal, no more stations.


As someone might have noticed, I'm doing some reviews these days, mostly 'cause I'm changing music on my mp3 and for a bit of grief too: the time pass, and if 9 years ago (at the time I write this) I was a prog newbie now I'm searching for new music to listen, losing much of good albums that were on my mp3 reader without even being listened anymore. The feel with this release is the same: old good friends forgotten, while their directory remain empty cause I'm bored about their music, even if it's a prog milestone!

Main Theme

Gen were my 1st, I've started with them when I was only 14 and I remember how much I liked The Lamb... & In the cage... I remeber too when I've put on Duke and the ''other'' Gen releases... they were not prog, they sounded wrong! This album was released in '97, I've bought it like 6 years later (after the news that Gen were no more), the album looks like a work undone: we get a sub-prog start 'till almost 5th song, this's good if you think about Who dunnit?, but incomparable with even Many too many, really I liked the Wish you were here-like start of Shipwrecked and the ambient start of Alien Afternoon, but then you can jump the poppish Not about us, and you got the same feeling 'till Uncertain weather: nice back drums, decent song, nothing more. Skip track 9 and 10, One man's fool is maybe the best effort from them, again good timing and again some lights, but too weak to consider it 100% prog.

Coda I remeber when was a child looking in my father disks, I remeber a lot the fox in the red dress, the bench, Gabriel's face with no mouth, the witch reflected in the mirror as a young lady and the lonely tree, all milestones (the one I didn't mentioned is my fave... I admit), all good composition and I cannot blame Gen for the others: from Duke they became famous, position #1 after position #1 'till this one, which isn't a good epitaph for those great works. Two stars.

Erik Nymas | 2/5 |


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