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3.0 out of 5 stars PROG FOR THE SAKE OF BEING PROG?, 27 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Kaleidoscope [VINYL] (Vinyl)
I thought 'The Whirlwind' was an excellent album and it seemed at that point that a plateau may have been reached.

I hate to be critical but this appears to be a pale repeat of that album and the tracks are long for the sake of being long.

Mike Portnoy's drums sound tired and the ballads that Neal Morse writes are leaning evermore towards a religious flavour that can sound a little preachy.

Don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful instrumental passages and changes of mood here but they are few and far between.

And the cover tracks do not add anythiing to the originals. Everyone knows what 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' and 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' sound like so there is no reason to go over old ground. 'Indiscipline' the King Crimson cover comes out the best with some excellent, Zappaesque vocals.

Overall, it's okay but I feel it is too much to expect four people to keep churning out epics which are wholly original.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2014 23:18:19 GMT
M. Gardener says:
... except that A Whiter Shade Of Pale isn't actually on the covers disc ...

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 19:41:36 GMT
Sorry, yes but 'Nights in White Satin' again: Everyone knows what it sounds like and the covers add nothing.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 23:09:38 GMT
M. Gardener says:
Point taken about the covers (mostly), although fair play to them for attempting Indiscipline and actually managing to pull it off. That's the best thing in the whole package for me. I also rather like the "just different enough from the original" version of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but I expect I'll be in a minority of one there.

Categorising the main album as prog (as in progressive) has to be an oxymoron though. Surely they must realise this. That said, it's a lot better than the new Synaesthesia offering. At least this lot can actually sing.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2014 22:38:27 GMT
Disagree. I love the Moody Blues and I think Transatlantic's version is true to the original but given real passion by Neal Morse's vocal.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2014 20:39:46 GMT
I'm afraid it all starts to sound like karaoke. The classic covers improve on the original. How many times is Bob Dylan's version of 'All along the Watchtower' played?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2014 20:43:12 GMT
I'm not overly keen on Neal Morse. There are times when he sounds like Neil Diamond. Roine Stolt and Mike Portnoy seem to bring the 'Prog' to 'Transatlantic' and I'm more a guitar, bass and drums fan than anything else.
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