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The Minstrel's Ghost


Crossover Prog

3.74 | 83 ratings

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3 stars Almost 4 stars but not quite there

The MInstrel's Ghost conducted by Blake Carpenter were releasing in 2012 the second album named The road to Avalon for sure the best from two issued so far. Well, here we have a nice great line up , the drumer of The Flower Kings - Zoltan Czorsz, Gandalf's Project's keyboardist Marco Chiappini and Colin Tech from Corvus Stone + Troy James Martin and of course The MInstrel - Blake Carpenter. The music is beautiful here, despite some influences from glorious '70 prog like Genesis, Pink Floyd even some Kansas here and there, the whole work runs smoother and with intresting passages. Very nice the art work, in fact the whole package is great, didgipak , made by one of the better disigners in last decade or so Ed Unitsky. Returning to the music, despite some minor problems from my side regarding vocal arrangements, not bad but not quite on par with the great music, in places seams little forced and mediocre, Carpenter's voice while ok is far from great, no real range or melodic articulation of his vocal tone. Anyway a piece like opening he Journey Begins (The Avalon Overture) only gives joy to the listner, a fairly solid tune in real prog tradition, a highlight for sure, even the best track of the album I might saying. The rest are also from good to great, no particular low moments on this album. The synth and guitar are melting in a perfect unit, Zoltan done a good job on drums and overall this is more then decent work, at least for me. 3.5 stars it desearvs, a nice one.


b_olariu | 3/5 |


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