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3 stars Prologue is the third album from Renaissance, but it really should be considered as a debut album as the lineup is totally changed from their previous album Illusion. The original Renaissance broke up after recording Illusion, so it is an entirely new band. Does it show/ hear ?

Well the style hasnīt changed much really. The music is still classical Piano driven prog rock with strong male and especially female vocals. IMO the music has lost some of itīs charm though. Much is now up to Annie Haslamīs beautiful voice. She is an outstanding singer, but Iīm missing some exciting instrumental parts, which I felt there where more of on their two previous albums. Some of the vocal parts are a little too much for me. Too many ahs and la las instead of real lyrics ruin my experience somehow.

Standout tracks are Prologue ( where the ahs and the la las work well), Sound of the Sea which has a beautiful melody and outstanding vocal harmonies. The ending epic Rajah Kahn is the most progressive song on the album, itīs unfortunately also the one with the most ahs and las from Haslam. A little too eastern inspired for my taste ( Dead Can Dance fans should pay attention here).

I think the album is a disappointment compared to the two previous albums from Renaissance, but itīs an ok prog rock album deserving 3 stars. Hopefully the new Renaissance lineup will get better on the next couple of albums.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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