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3.41 | 46 ratings

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4 stars The band has changed quite a lot from its debut album LYNX. They've moved away from the commercial PopRock. The recruitment of Ulf Pettersson at the keyboards definitely made a different band. There is a rebirth in NeoProg of the time, strongly based on Genesis-Marillion. I'm a bit surprised by the overall quality of this album, since I've listened to others that were released later and were not as mature as this is. The initial two themes are not very promising, but the next, a 16 min long track called Permanent Vacation is a very good track, varied, inspired, and creative. It somehow marks the strengths of the band, plenty of keyboards, and wrapping melodic tunes, although sung by a rather impersonal voice (which however does it better than in later releases). The drums are also well below the quality of the composition, and along with the poor bass line, the main problems of this band. It follows Intentions, probably the more authentic (meaning that it has no borrows), but not particularly inspired. From here, all other themes are good, with an interesting work by the new member and true alma mater of the band. There are some passages nearly literally taken from Genesis and Marillion, but I want to think it is a tribute.
poito | 4/5 |


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