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Sean Trane
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3 stars Somehow other people's acceptance or tastes are mysterious to me (but to most of us because I make no exception to the rule also) but how can somebody taking his "nom-de- plume" as Alucard (obviously a Gentle Giant fanatic ) can give five stars to such a simple and uncomplicated music. IT JUST BAFFLES ME , for those group are the absolute end of the spectrum of prog - GG almost looking to make inaccessible stuff and Pendragon going out of its way to spread their fishing net as far wide as possible as to make as making as many fans as possible while remaining in the prog galaxy.

About the music on this album , you will find here one of the best example of neo-prog at its best , in fact I would say that this epitomizes the genre. If I was to recommend five neo albums to youngster wanting to discover , this would be one of them as well as Arena's debut , Script etc.. However for this older proghead, this is still not the stuff I would put im my deck . I never owned a single one of their album but did borrow those albums from the library and friends and made a cassette compilation that I have yet to hear a second time.

So in a way here , I am confronted with a dilemma about the rating system: As you read above this is a real classic in the sub-genre (essential) but I am not willing to give it more than three star on basis of my tastes but also of the historical relevance of this album (in prog's history , Masquerade will only be a footnote at best ) . so 5+3+3 / 3 = ???? Give me a break I was never good in math.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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