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Crack The Sky


Heavy Prog

3.75 | 51 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 Forty years after it was released and this album was a bit of a surprise for me. CTS's music is hard to describe, strange, kind of a salad made with all influences of the band members, but unstirred, not a fine blend that defines a characteristic sound of a band. One may discover recognizable influences all throughout. The outcome is however pleasant to the ears, sometimes even to the mind. They play aggressively with tempos and instruments, but they do wisely so we can still feel this is not a bizarre medley put forward by a horde of teens pretending to Prog. They have little European influences, it is mostly American-root, and we all know what that means, particularly in those years. Curiously, there are no blues or jazz influences. And surprisingly, it has aged really well, that's perhaps one of the most attractive values of the album, it doesn't check as middle 70's. If you get a remastered copy, you might think it could have been released last month. The band has notable technical skill and good taste, which makes musical transitions easier and bearable, spite of violent: does this make sense? You better check it out. A bit of Eagles here, some heavy there, some big band, Zappa dressed in Pop, E.L.O., The Moody Blues, original riffs in unexpected moments... Actually, there are plenty of brilliant moments. The general tone is high spirited, clear, fun, no dark corners. Listening to CTS is like mining, some gangue here, some ore there, but in the end, it pays, although there are lots of bits that one would gladly leave out, some ingenuous, even tacky. You know this childish fascination of Americans by musicals. In the end, you will decide if a theme is for you depending on whether you may wait a few seconds till unacceptable bits are gone or not. For me, the tracks to keep are "A Sea Epic", "Ice", and "Sleep", Spite of being original the album is far from the top 50 Prog albums as qualified by the Rolling Stone magazine, but we all know Prog is a bit difficult for the simple ears of the average American listener. No offense.
poito | 3/5 |


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