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3.35 | 27 ratings | 4 reviews | 15% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Empty Promises (7:14)
2. A Moment In Time (7:38)
3. Hindsight (9:48)
4. Dead Of Night (7:44)
5. Can't Buy Experience (6:10)
6. Shadowdance (5:37)
7. Choices (7:49)
8. Heart & Soul (9:17)

Total time 61:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Brian Donkin / electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
- Andy Lawton / electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
- Steve Lipiec / keyboards, sax, backing vocals
- Chris Chalk / bass, electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
- Chris Moyden / drums, percussion

- Corrin Lipiec / flute (6)

Releases information

CD Gaolhouse ‎- GAOL CD 001 (2003, UK)

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FINAL CONFLICT Hindsight ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars A long six years break for Final Conflict to produce this album. I really wonder what they have done in the meantime. Because this album is far from being great, I'm afraid...

Search for inspiration? Not really!

Quest for outstanding song writing? I don't think so.

A deep look to more profound and original music? Not even close!

This is another average album form this band. One of the highlight is "Hindsight". Although it fully starts as a genuine "Marillion" song ("The Party"), it holds some fine melody and emotional guitar work towards the end of this lengthy track.

Most of this album is just a kaleidoscope of other band's music and does not leave a footprint of originality. Just listen to the Floydian intro for "Dead Of Night" and its very predictable music. Not bad of course, but so soul less.

Some songs are worth a spin, but not too many. The upbeat "Can't Buy Experience" certainly belongs to these ones. Heavier and more aggressive, it features some catchy vocal melodies and powerful guitar. One of the two highlights. The folkish" Shadowdance" is also one of the good numbers from this album.

If you would ever get a neo-prog verson of Kashmir, I can only recommend Choices. But I guess that very few of us needs such a song. At the end of the day, only Heart & Soul is really worth. Above average melody and vibrant guitar. One is finally rewarded to have listened to so much uninspired music. This is an excellent song. The one and only, unfortunately.

Two stars for this average album.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
4 stars Hindsight is a wonderful thing

When I first heard Hindsight after having heard Final Conflict's 2006 studio album Simple and their live DVD Another Moment In Time, I wasn't immediately as convinced of its merits as I was of those two more recent releases. But like with many good albums, this one too grew on me over further listens. While Simple contained re-recordings of older songs, several of which were previously familiar to me from the aforementioned live DVD, only two songs on Hindsight had previously graced my ears - Can't Buy Experience and A Moment In Time. The former had featured on the DVD and the latter (which ironically wasn't, given the title of the DVD) I knew from the band's MySpace page.

With eight tracks and a running time of just over an hour, all but one of the songs are over six minutes in length and two songs run for nearly ten minutes. The first track sounds very much like a Peter Gabriel solo number in the vocal melody and tone. There is a nice mix of electronic and acoustic sounds. This is modern Prog with a classic Rock feel. A Moment In Time has a strong melody and is instantly appealing. Again there are acoustic guitars, but here the pleasant harmony vocals and clean lead guitar sounds of Brian Donkin and Andy Lawton that I have come to expect from the band shine through a lot more. The heaviness that occasionally was present on Simple is however almost nowhere to be found on Hindsight.

The title track is the first to have a more typical Neo-Prog sound with its strong presence of melodic keyboards. Here we also have more powerful guitars and vocals, but the music of Final Conflict is seldom aggressive. This is one of the strongest tracks of the album. Dead Of Night is a darker and more low key song with an almost jazzy feel in the drums and bass line. Again some nice floating keyboard work from Steve Lipiec who also provides some discrete and tasteful saxophone lines. Can't Buy Experience is again a more melodic affair and this one is not one of my favourites. As I said, this was the only track from this album that was featured on the band's recent live DVD. Probably not the track I would have chosen to represent Hindsight but still a good song.

Shadowdance is a great number with lovely flutes, electric piano, acoustic and electric guitars, strings and a mellow vocal. There is a folky feel to this track partly due to the strong presence of flutes but also due to the nature of the melody. The flutes are played by a Corrin Lipiec, probably a relative to Steve Lipiec the keyboard player. Choices is a more melodic song similar to Can't Buy Experience. The main attraction here is the keyboard and guitar solos. The album closes with Heart & Soul which again is a rather mellow piece with a warm vocal over acoustic guitars and nice keyboard and lead guitar work. The verse is very strong, but the chorus is admittedly slightly predictable.

Given that Simple contained older material in new versions, Hindsight from 2003 is still the most recent original studio album by Final Conflict to date. It may not be as good as Simple and it does not have the standout tracks of 1997's Stand Up, but it is indeed another strong Final Conflict album. I wasn't as sure about the rating this time, but I chose to reward this album too with four stars in the end.

Review by apps79
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3 stars Final Conflict did not avoid another long gap between the third and fourth album.Apparently tired of chasing labels and searching for a new contract, they invested on their own Gaolhouse Studio and decided to establish their own recording label for promoting their albums.''Hindsight'' would be the first in line of FC albums to follow on Gaolhouse label, it was released at the fall of 2003.

Inbetween the new incidents Final Conflict also decided to take a long trip to the past and revisit their very early days, when their material had still a rockin' touch, but was simultaneously based on the principles of MARILLION and the likes.As a result ''Hindsight'' features a more elaborate and melodic sound, always based on supertight songwriting and rich guitar and keyboard backgrounds, the material reminds me a lot of the lyrical songs of Fish-era MARILLION, albeit with a slightly harder touch.They tend to even plagiarize some of the masters' tunes from the 83'-85' period with the flashy and dreamy keyboard interludes, the light guitar moves and the strong lyricism, but the rise of the electric guitars and the overall dynamics are definitely trademarks of Final Conflict.''Hindsight'' appears to be one of the most balanced albums of Final Conflict, keyboards play a dominant role now and the furious electric solos are sitting next to them in a bunch of well-composed and -executed, long tracks with some minor symphonic touches and the always playful style of British Neo Prog.There are even some laid-back, almost spacious keyboard themes included and, despite the limited room for extended instrumental work, the album flows quite nicely in a convincing and grandiose musical enviroment.

One of the Final Conflict albums you should track down.Marking a new era for the band, ''Hindsight'' has this unmistakable MARILLION-esque magical touch and comes as a warmly recommended album for all those into song-based still intricate Prog Rock.

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5 stars It's good to see Final Conflict back with the album Hindsight after such a long break. They still have the haunting guitar and keyboard solos; with strong melodies and well constructed and developed songs. The addition of driving bass and drums and creative vocal harmonies give this album a professi ... (read more)

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