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Marty McFly
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5 stars Beauty, that's what this music is. Then, because we're reviewing on Prog site, we're hoping in that this album will have enough Prog elements to rate it highly. But I almost forgot, because we're now in Prog-related realms, so no holds barred, I can let my imagination go wild, can't I ? Of course, there's this first track, surprisingly not completely different from the rest of album. Yes, it's Beatle-esque, but this can be advantage as well, not just burden that this record will carry to Prog doomsday, where all its qualities will be judged and rating will be pronounced. We're Off You Know is playful, even more than The Beatles (while having Art Rock elements, but I know that this trumpet really can remind famous Fab Four to some. But as an intro, it serves well, even not being the most proggiest song ever. I like it, but if this one was very good, then the rest is completely charming.

Madman is eccentric song that reminds me some of these half nice, half weird bands of early 70's. Ends quickly however and I don't complain, because the main attraction is still ahead of us. Ladies and gentlemen, let's welcome Around the Universe In Eighty Days, slowly built symphonic with touch of electronic synthesizers later on. Sets the definitive mood of this album. Long Live Politzania with intro in classical style (synth) with overacted spoken vocals, well then providing electronic singing instead, they're not so nice (can stand very well this part), but this song is long enough to cure its mistakes. What it is, romanticism ? Renaissance maybe. And wait for interesting choir in the end

Symphonic orchestra as main element here is something I always like (well, mostly). "The Loneliest of Creatures" is nice again, let's just wait for their vocal work. Prelude isn't normal prelude you would except. It's a song that can live on its own and still be of interest to let's say The Enid lovers, but in this concept work, it's important song. So Said The Lighthouse Keeper is realization of some kind. Yes, I can hear words, I can understand what he's singing, but not what he's singing about, the meaning is still slipping out of my mind, sadly. But I hope I'll like it even more and will take this challenge to understand story behind this album by myself. It will be great reward after all. This slowly roaming motif that wanders through most of tracks here is finally fully realized, in the ending part of this song. Glimpses of this act has been seen before, but it's complete now. What can then Hope offer ? Something little bit different, even more bombastic (theatrical to be honest) ending with dreamy backing vocals and optimistic atmosphere, which fully corresponds with its name, HOPE.

5(+), this is Prog Related ? Oh, I wish all of them were like this one, nice, symphonic.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |


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