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Puppet Show


Symphonic Prog

3.43 | 36 ratings

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4 stars Second album named The tale of woe of this californian progressive rock band named Puppet Show was released in february 2007 through progrock records after nearly a decade after the first album. The expectation were high, and for sure this album doesn't dessepoint anyone, or at least me. With 10 years older, the musicians still come with an excellent follow up, great arrangements, elaborated symphonic prog with a lots of mellotron, moog and hammond and awesome guitar parts. Opening the album with the excellent Seasons, the band throw plenty of catchy vocal melodies by Sean Frazier and brilliant guitar parts aswell. Powerful voice who manage to fit very well in this context. The vintage keybords arrangements remind me of old Genesis, when thy were in their peak, but Puppet Show manage to take those influences and wrapped them in their sound, the resul is quite great and very inventive. Only two pieces are short here, the rest 4 are lenghty and has complex musical interplay, quirky arrangements and melodic vocal parts. The Seven Gentle Spirits, The Past Has Just Begun and On Second Thought are long enough to show how great Puppet Show is in this album, intricate rhythms pattern, lush acustic guitar who interplay very strong with the rest of the passages. There is aswell an instrumental track called God's Angry Man, taken similaries with King Crimson with crunchy guitar riffs and acrobatic arrangements, maybe the heavies track from the album and the one less symphonic in elements, still good. So, they realy done it with this album, I've enjoy a lot latley this release, not a weak moment here, powerfull album, solid arrangenets, I don't really know what is the problem to be so low rated by some reviewers. I will give 4 stars easely, great album with a lot to offer, not to mention that I like a lot the cover art both front and back, great drawing who goes hand in hand with the music. This album is a great return of a band that never was popular or widely known in progressive rock circles, we hope or I hope untill now with this album.
b_olariu | 4/5 |


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