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FOUNTAINS OF LIGHT

Starcastle

 

Symphonic Prog

3.37 | 125 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars Welcome to the dawning of the 80's

Starcastle's second album Fountains Of Light is currently their highest rated album here, but I definitely like this one less than their excellent self-titled debut album released the year before this one. Much of the naive charm of the debut is gone and what we have here is much more streamlined. The result is that the album feels overproduced and too polished and cheesy.

The band was already going in a commercial direction here which is nowhere more obvious than in the closer Diamond Song - Deep Is The Light. This song could easily have been by Journey or some other AOR band. As such it was pointing to the future of the band and in some sense of the whole genre. Starcastle was ahead of their time (in the worst possible sense) as they began to develop an 80's sound already in the 70's!

There is still some good music here though, especially in the first half or so of the album. The opening track Fountains is the highlight, but even this one does not measure up to the powerful Lady Of The Lake from the debut.

My advice would be to begin with the debut which is a much better album in my opinion

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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