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Flame Dream


Symphonic Prog

2.53 | 30 ratings

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1 stars Ouch! The drop-off in quality from OUT IN THE DARK to this was pretty precipitous. I know, my review of that album was fairly lukewarm, but I really can't believe this!

OK, to be fair, there are decent moments here on, say, the instrumental "Dancing Into Daylight" and it's not exactly a "sell-out" as it's still identifiably prog-rock. The problem is that there are moments of this album that are downright plagiaristic. Clearly, the band had been spending far too much time listening to the two UK albums, time they should have been spending honing their sound. "Signs Of Solitude" lifts a chord sequence directly from "Nothing To Lose", the bass-riff from "Thirty Years" turns up in "Paradise Lost". And most galling of all, they copy the entire end sequence from "The Only Thing She Needs" note-for-note in the middle of "Time For A Change"! The CS80 chords are even intact, and it sounds like they just erased Eddie Jobson's violin and dubbed a Roland Ruckstuhl keyboard solo over it! For a so-called "progressive" rock band, this degree of theft of another band's work is absolutely UNFORGIVABLE.

As for the rest of the album, there's little to get excited about. "Blackmail" and the title tune are OK but unexciting pop-prog. "Tragedy" is a warmed-over "Undertow" imitation. And the less said about the piano ballad "Woman's Art?"-from the faintly sexist lyrical conceits to the imbeciliic and predictable "twist" ending-the better.

Progbear | 1/5 |


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