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Symphonic Prog

3.58 | 106 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars It's great, it's terrific (but not too much), but it's also something which could have ended in my recycle bin. But not for purpose, just by accident. Although music is great, cover of this album (which is something important to me, but only in time of decision) is absolutely terrible. It's stupid to say, but also the name. Now, when I know how good is this music, it's seems like funny joke, but when someone discover new music, he has to choose it by some purpose. 1)cover 2)recommedation 3)other albums by artist 4)style of music etc.

Maybe this will be another five star album for Marty. It's hard when I listen (and like) only those I like (not so strange, huh?). Therefore, 4-5 star ratings are in majority. Why to listen bad music (my opinion), when there is too much of good in those I think I will like ? And I like in most of times. I like a lot.

ALBUM: "Banished Bridge", title track is slowly coming for minutes, before finally turning into symphonic prog as we know it. This intro part is now often separated into own track. So, after about 4 minutes we have the time of wilder sound. In fact the most wildest sounds you will ever heard here. I like use of synths and mellotron here. German music it is, but doesn't sound like that. When talking about G-music of these times, I imagine something electronic (hello Tangerine), or bluesy sounding. Or just pure rock. But this could be easily something coming from UK. That's perhaps allright, because I like 70s symphoprog. However, there is something bad from 8:00-9:20. This sound is very annoying and unpleasant to listen. It could easily not be here. Then there is some whispering, like if singer wants to tell us secret about this record (and why the f... is there this sound), then "rocking" comes again. After this song we returns to beautiful nature sounds again

Then three, also good songs. Are you disappointed by missing review of half a album ? You don't have to be. It's a good one, but not good enough (for me) to give five stars. These songs sound one like another to me, so even I like this one and will probably play it many times, it deserves just four stars. Very good, much better than a lot of others, but still just 4 stars.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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