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3 stars No pot of gold, but a definite improvement

"The prince of heaven's eyes" was the final album by the original Fruupp line up, although one more album would be recorded by the band before they disappeared forever. Here we have a true prog concept album, the story relating to a character (Mud Flanigan) and his quest to search Ireland for the end of the Rainbow (which we all know is actually in Kansas!). It is fair to say though that the story is incidental to the album, and of little relevance.

The subdued nature of the band's second album is addressed to some extent here, this release having far more life and inspiration. Once again, we must acknowledge the Genesis influences which are as apparent as ever. On "Prince of darkness" for example, the vocals are decidedly Gabriel-esque. This and the following "Jaunting car" have a frivolity to them which has been distinctly lacking in the band's efforts up to this point.

"Annie Austere" keeps the upbeat nature of things going for a third consecutive track. By now it is becoming apparent that the penance for enjoying greater vigour in the tracks is a reduction in the prog content. The songs here are far more commercially orientated than on previous albums, to the extent that there are actually potential singles here. There remains a competence in the performances of course, but the challenge in musical terms is diminished substantially.

The latter part of the album reverts more to the style of the previous "Seven secrets" although even here "Crystal brook" has a degree of energy which as almost universally lacking on that album. The longest track, "The perfect wish", features some fine mellotron sounds and some pleasant if rather easy listening style piano. The song is actually in two distinct parts, the latter section being quite different to the first. The developing mellotron soaked crescendos make for a fine climax to the album.

In all, a definite improvement on "Seven secrets", which sees the band regaining the quality of "Future legends". While there is a definite reduction in the overall prog content, this remains nevertheless a worthy prog album.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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