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Crossover Prog

3.64 | 195 ratings

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3 stars The saga continues

After the promising debut album and the disappointing follow-up Images At Twilight, Saga bounced back with their third album. The awful Disco-influences that crept in on the previous album are thankfully much toned down for Silent Knight. Like on the debut album, there are progressive aspects of Saga's music, but these are kept to a minimum really. For the first time they opened an album with one of the so-called "chapters" - namely, chapter two: Don't Be Late, which a great song, even if a bit slow for an opener. The second track, What's It Gonna Be?, is, however, easily the album's worst track and initially severely harmed my hope that this album would really be a significant improvement over the previous one. This song would have fitted better on the weak Images At Twilight. But the rest of the album is surprisingly and thankfully again quite decent and clearly listenable. Generally, the second half of the album is slightly stronger than the first half. Absolutely nothing truly remarkable is to be found on this album, but it is a decent album nonetheless.

Even if the band's distinctive sound was pretty much there already of the debut, I still would say that they had yet to fully "find themselves". Unfortunately, they would find themselves in a place located further away from progressive Rock, but they would at least find more success there. Silent Knight is in some respects perhaps a bit more mature than the first two albums, but still suffering from some of the same flaws. The production is still a bit thin and there is nothing that really grips you. Silent Knight falls in between the good self-titled debut and the weak Images At Twilight in terms of quality. The debut remains the best of the early Saga albums.

Recommended for Prog fans in general, but only essential for Saga fans

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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