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It Bites


Crossover Prog

3.82 | 160 ratings

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3 stars New line up for this charismatic band of the 80's, with founder Francis Dunnery replaced by John Mitchell, who takes the lead and makes an entirely different sound. The objectives 20 years later are still schizoid, oriented to a particular hybrid Pop-prog audience that probably exists in UK, but is scarce anywhere else. If the album was to be reviewed by a Pop fan it would probably be as restless as a Prog fan like me. There are great Pop themes with some bits of Prog, and also some excellent Prog tracks with some bits of Pop. In good order it should be downgraded, but the Prog elements are so good. One problem is that the singer, who is really good, does not stay silent for a second, and spoils so many moments when the music should flow alone. But he is probably the composer, and takes it all. It would have been preferable to include more keyboard riffs instead, which are almost absent. The great Pop themes are Playground, Tall Ships, Fahrenheit, and For Safekeeping, but the jewels in the album are This Is England, a 13 min track with at least 4-5 perfectly blended tunes, and the opening track Oh my God, a delicatessen with a choral work that reminds of early classics as Yes. In the end you are left with a bittersweet taste, thinking I won't be back to this album, I don't want to punish my delicate ears with cheesy Pop, but then I will lose quite a few great Prog bits. Dammit! One way out may be to keep the tracks you like and throw the others away.
poito | 3/5 |


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