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4 stars Hee hee, of course the proggers love this Klaatu album the best -- honestly, I always had a hard time getting into this concept album, but then I came to the band as a fan of the "art-pop" music on the quite different albums they made immediately before and after this one.

As individual songs go, the first two are the best -- "We're Off You Know" is a rollicking "Magical Mystery Tour" sort of launchpad song, quite catchy and uplifting. "Madman" is a hard rocking number (written by guitarist Dee Long, Woloschuk wrote most of the material) with the finest guitar solo you'll hear on any Klaatu LP, almost Ace Frehley territory!

Taken as a concept album -- this is actually as emotional and moving a "rock opera" as I've ever come across. It's sort of depressing, yet invokes the sad mood for the specific purpose of uplifting the listener by providing . . . . HOPE.

This is definitely the Klaatu album for serious proggers (perhaps the ONLY Klaatu album for serious proggers) . . . though personally I rate their first 3 albums all quite highly. One of my favorite obscure bands of all time!

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