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3.31 | 13 ratings | 1 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 Overture 2:03
2 Heaven 5:21
3 Come Out 6:08
4 Here It Comes Again 6:32
5 Goodbye Mrs. Nature 5:40
6 Join Up 5:24
7 Hyphen-American 4:24
8 Go Johnny 6:08
9 Hero 6:26
10 We're All Dead 8:31

Line-up / Musicians

- John Palumbo / vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Bobby Hird / guitar, mandolin, vocals
- Rick Witkowski / guitar, vocals
- Glenn Workman / keyboards, vocals
- Joe Macre / bass, bass synthesizer
- Joey D'Amico / drums, vocals

- Anthony Rankin / drums (9)

Releases information

CD Aluminum Car Recordings (2010, US)

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(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
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Review by Evolver
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3 stars Okay, they got me again. This album reunites four of the original band members: John Palumbo, Rick Witkowski, Joe Macre and Joey D'Amico (no Jim Griffiths) for the first time since Palumbo left during the recording of "Safety In Numbers". I expected an album at least approaching the inventiveness and exhilaration of those early albums. But alas, it is not to be.

First of all, Macre and D'Amico were once one of the best rhythm sections anywhere. The syncopated drum and bass were a signature of those early CTS albums. They hint at a bit of that at the beginning of Heaven, but it goes nowhere.

And there is very little prog on this album. If you like the Pink Floyd influenced CTS of "From The Greenhouse", than you may enjoy this album. Heaven, Come Out, Hero and We're All Dead all have those hints of "Wall"-ere Floyd.

The lyrics, as usual for Palumbo, are clever, and I wonder if Hyphen-American was inspired by the old John Wayne spoken word recording of the same title.

2.5 stars.

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