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This review is from: Kaleidoscope (Audio CD)
Those who are familiar with the firstTestimony album by Neal Morse will find much to identify with when listening to this latest monumental album by Transatlantic. I have to say that I was rather anticipating an anti-climax with this album having heard some pre-release material on the internet and on a sample cd. To me the songs Shine and Black as the Sky sounded weak. Placed in the context of the whole album, however, these songs are really strong and make up a collection of tracks that define everything that Transatlantic are about, namely long complex arrangements complimented by shorter, often beautiful, short pieces. It is difficult not to hear the Neal Morse imprint throughout and the cello brings back those Testimony memories. Beyond the Sun is stripped back and allows Morse and the cello accompaniment to bring a serene beauty that will resonate with those who have lost a love one. This song in particular reminds me of the feel of Bridge Across Forever. Roine Stolt's guitar playing is charaterically clear and precise and what more can be said about Pete Trewavas and Mike Portnoy who just keep things ticking along wonderfully. Yes, the formular is pretty much the same as on previous albums and this will no doubt draw criticism within prog circles who demand something just a little more demanding. I, for one, will need to get to grips with the rotating vocal duties for a few more listens! If you like though the security of knowing what you are going to get then all I can say is welcome back to the quality world of Transatlantic and enjoy their latest offering.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2014 20:42:17 GMT
Nick Green says:
Posted on 30 Jan 2014 09:49:32 GMT
I too hate the rotating vocals. Just letting everyone have a go for the sake of it does not serve the music justifiably. Morse and Stolt can obviously hold a tune and Trewavas makes a fine back up singer at the most but Portnoy should just shut the hell up completely. He ruined many a Dream Theater song too by not keeping his egocentric trap shut.
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