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4.05 | 937 ratings

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4 stars Motherless reprise, wandering nowhere...

Ok so maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it does sum up my feelings towards this album, excellent though it is. I guess many who's first experience with Transatlantic was through 'SMPTe' felt the same way after hearing 'Bridge Across Forever', and despite being well aware that 'The Whirlwind' is most likely a masterpiece, there is also an underlying reluctance to rate such a similar sounding album on a par with what I already know and love.

'The Whirlwind' consists of a single 77 minute track split into 12 sections. Some are amazing (On the Prowl through Out of the Night) and some are totally dispensable (The Wind Blew Them All Away and Rose Colored Glasses). The standard of instrumentation is incredible, the vocals are hit and miss, and the lyrics are almost cringeworthy. All you would expect from a Transatlantic album really!

The Verdict: Despite marginally preferring 'Bridge Across Forever', I would probably recommend 'The Whirlwind' to Transatlantic newcomers.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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