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Still Consistant For Me & That I Like...,
This review is from: Kaleidoscope (Audio CD)
For me it's great to see another fabulous album out by Transatlantic. I also welcome the format as they did with their 1st and 2nd albums rather than have one massive track. I see a good few mixed reviews here and some who are perhaps fed up of the familiar thing. Well for me personally the fact that Transatlantic have got their own sound and it has not changed is a bonus.
Just what do you want them to do, go down the road many of the greats did like Yes and Genesis and completely change their style and genre, because they was never the same as they was back in their heyday in the early 70's and completely destroyed themselves.
What we have here for me is really a terrific album and one that is a good as every album they have made so far. I cannot even fault the bonus CD of the covers, and the covers on this album are a damn site better done than any of the other covers they did on previous albums which I did not really rate at all.
But for me on these covered songs they have done the dogs on every one of them, and Elton's Goodbye Yellow Road in all honesty you would have to be Elton himself to do a better job, and I have never heard anybody else do nowhere near such a top job on what they did with the song.
Regarding the original material here I certainly do not think it's anything like Neal's Testimony as one reviewer posted here, but it does have maybe a Bridge Across Forever feel to it in parts with the use of strings no doubt. Though I do not feel "Shine" is in the same league of a ballad of a song as "We All Need Some Light" and "Bridge Across Forever" which for me are class ballads and very well written songs.
If anything "Shine" is the only real weak track on this album. But when you consider you are getting an album that is some 75 minutes long, one would expect the odd gap filler to make up the time. You must remember in reality 75 minutes is really a double albums worth of material in relation to the length of albums made back in the 70's by the great Prog Rock bands, it 's a lot harder task to make a solid album over that time slot. So for me that one little track that is not so good is not a big enough dent to drop a star for this album. For me it's well worth all 5 stars and I am just glad the band is still churning out really great complex material that's certainly rocks my boat and is right up my street.