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4.7 out of 5 stars
Whirlwind (Standard Version)
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on 12 September 2010
Following the brilliant performance at "high voltage" festival i couldnt wait to hear this album. it has not been out of my player since! So inspiring to hear intelligent,expressive,imaginative music crafted with integrity and soul.Thankyou and please dont leave it too long before the next release.
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on 25 July 2014
Very nice, fairly 'classic' or retro prog rock. It's quite light (compared to some more 'metal' prog) but musical and lyrical. I actually prefer the live version (you can see it on YouTube), which prompted me to buy this - they deserve to get some revenue from their efforts!
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on 10 March 2014
take your time, relax and enjoy some fine music in true prog tradition delivered in up to date style by a band that know and love what they are doing. It's all there in abundance.
nothing more to say.
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on 1 February 2010
Quality progressive rock from all- star lineup.
Members of the band are all from major bands and talent/ experience shows
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on 17 January 2011
If you're a fan of Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Marillion, then this is an absolute must have. Progrock par excellance!!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2009
I've bought all Transatlantics releases but felt this might be a risk after the long break, how wrong i was, this is the best thing from any of these guys for some time. Petes work with Marillion being the only exception.

I won't repeat Big Jims words but imagine Camel, Caravan, Floyd, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Yes, Genesis, in fact everyone of the classic prog bands is in here somewhere, and you get the picture. A bit like the title track to 'Octavarium' where everyone gets a nod.

I bought the deluxe one and it's well worth the money.

I honestly think it's the best album i've bought this y4ar.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2010
Having been a great fan of Transatlantic epics (All Of The Above, Stranger in Your Soul etc) in their previous albums and their DVD "Live in Europe", I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this latest piece of work. Sadly, I've been a little disappointed.

Much of the music can be recognised as classic Transatlantic which should be good but, somehow, this album just doesn't do it for me. For the most part I can listen to it, but at no time does it have the hair on the back of my neck standing on end, which is often the case with the two previous albums. It appears a bit rushed. I think if the band had spent more time together, they could have produced something much better.

The worst part for me is the lyrics. I'm sure Neal Morse is a nice guy but there is no way round the fact that (as with most born-again christians) he's a "bible thumper". He refers to God in the DVD, he thanks God and jesus in the booklet and of course there's Dancing with Eternal Glory and other references to the "Giver of Life". It all gets a bit tiresome.

The DVD is interesting to watch, SOME of the music is pretty good, Mike Portnoy knows his way around a drum kit and Roine Stolt is the best guitar player the world has ever known, ever - so it gets 3 stars.
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on 3 July 2014
An excellent album in a nice presentation package.
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on 5 July 2015
A wonderful work!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2010
Transatlantic, the progressive rock "supergroup" comprised of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) and Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), have reunited after a 7 year hiatus, andThe Whirlwind is the product of an intense recording session held in Nashville in April.

The album itself was born out of a 45 minute track called "The Whirlwind" that Neal Morse had already written. The other guys came in and added their bits and pieces to the mix and the full 77 minute track was born.
The song comprises of 12 parts and offers the same complexity and style of their previous albums "SMTP:e" and "Bridge Across Forever"
The lyrics of the album are generally of Neal Morse's Christian making and can at times appear a little preachy, however, it is important to note that the same could be said of Transatlantic's first two albums. It's only now we realise the significance of those lyrics to Morse, considering the last 7 years of his solo output, but I don't think it detracts too much from the album.

Stolt and Trewavas are well represented on this album in their ideas. The fantastic "A Man Can Feel" and "Out of the Night" have Stolt on lead vocals, and seem to be written by him or certainly more his than the others whilst Portney's and Trewavas' rich background vocals add layers to the sound.
"Rose Coloured Glasses" is a lovely ballad by Morse, superbly written and produced - it is the kind of continuous high quality output we have come to expect and see from him.

So why only 3 stars? Well, later I'll explain a little more on this, but there is very little that is added to this album which distinguishes it from the first two. If anything, the first two albums had a lot of dynamics and the break-up of the album into separate songs (I mean actual songs compared to parts) helps to reset the counter, as it were, and start again. Because of the continuous nature of this album, it seems a bit repetitive and the band seem happy just to let it do that. "Dancing with Eternal Glory", although a nice ballad, is a good example of this. I actually want the album to end half way through the track even though the reprise hasn't yet started! It's not that it is a bad song, or album for that matter, but because you know what is coming, you really can't be bothered to get there!
To have 4 musicians of such quality who with their respective bands have produced some of the most innovative progressive rock albums of all time, can leave them open to greater criticism and I would say that this is the weakest of the 3 studio albums they have released so far.

Individual songs, as well as the overall feel of the album, can have an effect on star ratings for me. This is certainly emphasised in the song "Is It Really Happening?"
This album would have been rated lower had it not been for the absolute brilliance and dexterity of this song. It is a magnificent full band performance.
Despite the reminder of the album, the band present some of their best playing in this song. Portnoy's drumsticks are probably a blur, as must Roine's fingers over the fretboard. I was slightly dubious over the tempo increase towards the end of the song, however after a few weeks worth of listening, it works well.
Naturally, the whole album would have pushed the boundaries to be this good throughout, but it really does pale in comparison.
Obviously, I can't give 3 and a half stars on Amazon so bearing in mind there is one amazing track, a couple of good tracks and the rest so so, I have given this 3 stars.

If you are new to Transatlantic, the best album I feel they have released is Bridge Across Forever.
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