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5.0 out of 5 stars Mert the new Saga, just like the old Saga (Thankfully)., 2 Mar 2001
This review is from: House Of Cards (Audio CD)
Listening to House of Cards is like listening to Saga's greatest hits but with a clutch of completely new songs. 'The Runaway' is 'The Flyer' for the internet age (and probably the first ever rock song to mention XML - computer geeks may know what this means); 'Ashes to Ashes' virtually rips off an old riff; Unplugged electric guitars are used on 'Once in a Lifetime), just as they were on Full Circle's 'Follow Me'.
But this is Saga, and 'HOC' is a near perfect distillation of the Saga sound - Ian Crichton guitars at full tilt, Michael Sadler's vocal delivery is as distinctive as ever, Jim Crichton's bass playing is strong and inventive. Only Jim Gilmour disappoints a little (he has no lead vocal on this album, and his keyboard wizardry is a little lost in the mix) and Steve Negus' drums could be a bit more subtle.
House of Cards is probably not quite a classic Saga album, but after twenty plus years it's a pleasure to hear a new album from the guys, and they sound like they really still mean business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big in Puerto Rico Still !!!!!, 27 Feb 2001
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This review is from: House Of Cards (Audio CD)
Having laid pleasure & pain to bed with a healthy dose of rewind.Saga continue in the same vein with their new offering.Like a good pair of slippers this recording should fit well for those of you familiar with these Canadian progsters.Nothing new and yet comfortably soothing.This c/d harks back to earlier recordings with the continuation of the Chapters and continues the work sorely lost when Generation 13 was released.Michael Sadler is on top vocal form,blending power and subtlety when required.In fact this c/d is mellower with more acoustic/piano work from Ian Crichton and Jim Gilmour.Certainly the middle passage of the c/d is where a new strength is found where there is little use of power chords or guitar/keyboard gymnastics.In fact the short piano piece sounds like homage to Stairway to Heaven?This is i believe the bands 13th release and shows that their belief in their own unique sound is unblemished.A must for devotees and for the new i dare you try this out and i guarantee you will want the rest.P.S My wife thinks the slower section sounds similar to ABC/Midge Ure.I think it sounds like Fallen Angel from their Behaviour album of the mid 80's
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