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SAND

Monarch Trail

 

Neo-Prog

4.10 | 107 ratings

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Second Endeavour
5 stars Monarch Trail continue their forward momentum as they've just released a sophomore album 'Sand' which is quite tremendous in its effect. Combining the best elements of their debut release and using potion of inventive extract, MT seek to take us back to the Glory Days of the 1970's. Once again, the core personalities (Ken Baird - keyboards & lead vocals, Dino Verginella - bass, Chris Lamont - drums) enlisted the support from the guest guitarists (John Mamone, Kelly Kereliuk, Steve Cochrane) who append some hues and textures to the signature style. Here and there, the floating synth lines embrace the mode of Tony Banks with deliberate nods to Rick Wakeman. Whereas the flamboyant keyboards are accompanied by splendid guitar passages, skillful rhythmic changes and engaging soundscapes evoke a delectable retro feel, the general approach is sweetened by attractive singing from Ken Baird. To a certain extent, the vocal performance makes me think of Alan Parsons Project and Barclay James Harvest. As a whole, the second Monarch Trail offer is a superb mix of exciting instrumental pieces ('Station Theme', Charlie's Kitchen', 'Another Silent World') and gorgeous vocal tracks ('First Thoughts', 'Back To The Start', 'Missing', 'Sand'). The musical content is very rich with melodism that holds your attention all the way through. Entering gently into a magical venture, the anterior cut sets the stage for following material. Yes, it may be a cliche to say so, but the final composition, 24+ min. epic, sums up all the ingredients, showcasing how versatile this Canadian group can be within a symphonic prog rock multi-movement. Indeed, a great choice to complete the consistent album. The bottom line: buying a CD 'Sand' guarantees you're in for something special. RECOMMENDED!
Second Endeavour | 5/5 |

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