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SPEED OF LIGHT

Peter Bardens

 

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2.07 | 14 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars New-Age Pop?

As I pointed out in my review of his previous solo album Seen One Earth, Peter Bardens' musical career is very diverse. From the Psychedelic Blues Rock of his two pre-Camel solo albums to the brilliant Symphonic Prog with Camel and then the slick Pop of Heart To Heart and after that the Progressive Electronic oriented Seen One Earth. What would come next?

Well, even if there was only one year separating 1988's Speed Of Light from its predecessor, this is not Seen One Earth part II. What we have here is more similar to the Pop of Heart To Heart, but also strongly New-Age-like; New-Age Pop, maybe? While Seen One Earth was a darker and more atmospheric affair, Speed Of Light is more light-hearted and bright. Again unlike Seen One Earth, several of the tracks here have vocals. But the melodies are not memorable at all. While Seen One Earth reminded me of Vangelis' works, Speed Of Light reminds me of Tony Banks solo albums (his worst ones!).

The Prog quotient here is simply zero. Still, it is a well-produced album and actually not among Bardens' worst albums! It is not as embarrassingly bad like some of Bardens' other releases, just dull and uninspired. This is a poor release, at least judged as a Prog or Prog related one. Very few Prog fans will find this worth their while and more than a few will certainly cringe at some of these tunes.

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |

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