P. MCKINLAY

(REAL NAME)
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 60% (32 of 53)
Location: Scotland
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 571,774 - Total Helpful Votes: 32 of 53
Killer ~ Alice Cooper
Killer ~ Alice Cooper
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A killer remaster, 9 Jan 2014
At last, a proper remaster that does justice to one of the best rock albums of all time. It's difficult to believe that this album is now over 40 years old - this remaster makes it sound so fresh and sharp. It's not cheap, but well worth the investment if you've been forced to listen to the 'analog' CD.
Anyway, as to the music: Producer Bob Ezrin's taste for the theatrical (witnessed again, perhaps less successfully, on Pink Floyd's 'The Wall') was a perfect match for the band here, resulting in 7 unbeatable songs (plus 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, which is not at all bad). If you're likely to be offended by a concept album on the theme of varying forms of murder (and, as you might imagine,… Read more
World ~ Pendragon
World ~ Pendragon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is my favourite of the 'mid-period' Pendragon albums. It retains some of the relative simplicity of the earlier albums (recaptured again in 'Pure'), before the music became perhaps over-worked. Unlike the other 'mid-period' albums, the songs here have fewer themes, but these are better developed. Ironically, it's the least successful of all the tracks (the 3-parter Queen of Hearts) which seems to be the template for the next 3 albums. Even that has its good parts though, and the rest of the album never dips below the level of "pretty good indeed". And of course 'The Voyager' is one of their best ever.
For anyone who has come late to Pendragon thanks to 'Pure' and 'Passion' - this… Read more
The Underfall Yard ~ Big Big Train
The Underfall Yard ~ Big Big Train
3 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This reminds me somewhat of those Rick Wakeman albums of the 70s (Henry 8th et al) in that there's nothing particularly awful about the musicianship, or the songs (actually the lyrics are terrible); it's simply that you couldn't in all seriousness put this album on in company without being laughed at horribly. I love prog rock, early Genesis and all (although I draw the line at ELP) but this is just lost on me. It just sounds so utterly pointless. I can't understand how these guys can be bothered to make such intricate yet somehow ridiculous music.
It may be just me, but I found some of this unlistenably embarrassing. I really wanted to like this but I can't. I hope their earlier… Read more