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Peter Bardens


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2.55 | 13 ratings

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2 stars For old times sake

If you think that Tony Banks' solo output is weak, wait until you hear the solo output of Peter Bardens! Big Sky was released in 1995 but sound more like it belongs in the 80's. This is light Pop Rock with some New-Age, Electronic and Latin influences. The Latin styled Puerto Rico sounds a bit like an Al Di Meola number in his least interesting moments. There is some quite tasteful Latin guitar work, though.

If you want to find anything progressive on this album you will have to look really, really hard but Gunblaster and A Brave New World are decent light Prog songs but only the former even hints at Bardens past band, the latter being an Electronic piece that reminds of Vangelis. Bardens ex-band mate Andy Latimer apparently does some backing vocals on On A Roll but the song itself is just awful! It is actually the worst of the lot here with its overly cheerful melody and mindless lyrics.

The last three tracks are very short instrumentals and somehow feel like bonus tracks. The very last Scarletti is a decent Classical piano piece, though.

I'm giving this two stars, but I'm being generous here. The saddest thing of all is that Big Sky is actually one of the better Bardens solo albums!

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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