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Frustratingly close to brilliant...,
This review is from: T2 (Audio CD)
Presumably you're only looking at this if you're a fan of the classic 'It'll all work out in Boomland' and want to know if this is a Great Lost 2nd Album, or a collection of rough demos and outtakes, like so much stuff from this period dug up over the past 2 decades. Thankfully this is closer to the former than the latter, but with some reservations. This 2nd album must have been ALMOST ready to release - the sleeve art for both sides of the album is included. Unfortunately, ALMOST is the operative word here. The vocals sound more like a 'guide vocal' which may have been intended to be redone, and it certainly needed a few days professional mixing to balance the sound - you will find yourself constantly fiddling with the volume knob for the quiet segments. The problem is that apparently the master tapes have been lost and only acetates exist, rendering any further production difficult.
Having said that,it is an almost-complete ALBUM rather than some odd tracks, and as such is perfectly listenable. The amazing (whatever-happened-to-?) Keith Cross's capacity for thunderous riffing and soloing is undiminished by the aforementioned reservations, sounding as exciting and inventive as he does on 'Boomland'. The songs have the same thrilling blend of power and melody as 'Boomland',though perhaps nothing quite as majestic as 'No More White Horses'. If you love 'Boomland' and have always wished for more, then buy (for a reasonable price) and enjoy as a bonus (there is plenty to enjoy here) - but its a huge pity this was never quite finished properly.