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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Madfish
  • ASIN: B004OICF3Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. It's Just A Matter of Not Getting Caught 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tuscy on 11 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album carries on where Pure left off, more experimental and with a harder edge but still keeping the fans happy with plenty of Nick's trademark soaring guitar along with sublime keyboards, driving bass lines and storming drums. I'm a long term fan of Pendragon and (unlike some) embrace the recent crop of albums with a slightly different musical direction to their earlier material.

The opener "Passion" kicks off with a guitar/drum riff that sounds like a direct rip off of Radiohead's Weird Fishes but soon becomes more recognisably Pendragon before properly kicking off into something much heavier.
"Empathy" contains more classic Pendragon sounds, wonderful guitar and probably most controversially ... some rap, I was dreading this bit after reading about it on the band website but it actually works really well.
"Feeding Frenzy" - fast paced riffage, mixed with strange lyrics and sound effects.
"This Green and Pleasant Land" is a rant about everything that's wrong with the country, lyrically it's trying a bit too hard to make a point but the music builds into a real belter, classic Pendragon! The yodeling in the last few seconds spoils the track slightly, not quite sure what this is trying to say, it's just a bit annoying.
"It's Just A Matter Of Not Getting Caught" is a slow pace brooding number, heavy guitar riffs with a dark undertone.
"Skara Brae" another heavy one, in places it's verging on metal with some backing vocals sounding a bit like "death growls". But this song also contains quieter, melodic sections which hark back to earlier albums such as "Not of This World" before returning to the heaving riffing and an unusual discordant guitar solo. As a fan of the symphonic metal genre this one ticks all the boxes for me.
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I bought this together with Pure - their previous offering. The two of them, whilst not quite Rubber Soul and Revolver, are similar in style and represent quite a change in Pendragon's style, one that they had been experimenting with on the Believe album. The prog stylings are still there, but now with a harder edge helped very much by Scott Higham's terrific drumming. Nick's new found fondness for samples is in evidence again and as a whole it is not particularly intrusive...apart from in one obvious instance, which I'll get to in a minute.

Much has been made of the inclusion of a 'rap' section in Empathy. Really, it isn't that bad and while Eminem or Dr Dre won't be losing any sleep over Nick's style, it doesn't do the song any harm at all.

The centrepiece of the album is Green And Pleasant Land. As a piece of progressive rock music, it's outstanding. A sprawling 13 minutes with a catchy middle section. However, for me this song is what brings the album down to four stars. Nick appears to have been reading rather a lot of the Daily Mail prior to writing this one and references to 'Sharia Law' and not being able to say 'Christmas' any more to me seem more in line with the lyrical content of a song by a late era Oi! band. And then there's the yodelling sample at the end. Why?!?

Fortunately, the UKIP/EDL pandering is ditched for the remainder of the album and the samples become less blatant. Skara Brae in particular stands out and you realise what a bunch of excellent musicians these guys really are. A shame that Scott has since left the band as in this song especially it becomes obvious what a tremendous contribution he made to the band's new style.

All in all, a good companion album to Pure (and the accompanying DVD is mildly interesting as well) and one that, despite the politics, is well worth adding to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Wilson on 14 Aug 2013
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This is a great album and just draws you in. Long tracks that just let your mind wander and before you know it the albums finished. So put it on again and enjoy it again and more so with each listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Dave on 14 July 2011
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I am as passionate about music of the rock genre as I was many years ago in my teens. So it is great when you find you have missed a band for many years and you have to catch up. I luckily found a Pendragon album in a second hand CD shop. I went out and brought the rest. I caught up my collection enough to go out and buy Pure on its release which I have really enjoyed. However for me Passion is a step up to another level. Brilliant album. I do wonder if my new found love of prog is an age thing. Passion now joins Octavarium (Dream theater), Deadwing (Porcupine Tree), Rapid Eye movement (Riverside). The Final Cut (Floyd) 2112 (Rush)Script for a Jesters tear (Marillion) in my top ten prog albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Shepherd on 18 April 2011
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Not so immediate as some of thir work and perhaps a little too much "experimenting" for some fans (probably including me!). However all the Pendragon trademarks are still there:fine songs, melodic, good guitar work etc. To sum up, perhaps not their very best but an album that certainly should be owned.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Clark on 17 April 2011
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I can understand why this album is liked by many and received so many 5* reviews but it leaves me a little cold.
It's not awful and I have no problem with a slight change in direction and some modern musical influences. Yes, it's got a harder edge which may appeal to many new fans, and yes it's got that recognisable Pendragon trademark sound, but there's something missing for me.
Pendragon songs take you down a musical road and smash you between the ears with a killer keyboard & guitar rift that sends a shiver down your spine. Those euphoric musical highs are missing somewhat. Although 'Green & Pleasant Land' goes someway towards that direction, there are not enough high points on this album for my liking.
It's not the change in direction that's the problem, it's the quality and attention to detail in the writing that is.
I'm a big fan - but sorry this one doesn't do it for me!
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