- Vinyl (1 Jun. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Madfish Snapper Classics
- ASIN: B004WSX6BG
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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The opener "Passion" kicks off with a guitar/drum riff that sounds like a direct rip off of Radiohead's Weird Fishes but soon becomes more recognisably Pendragon before properly kicking off into something much heavier.
"Empathy" contains more classic Pendragon sounds, wonderful guitar and probably most controversially ... some rap, I was dreading this bit after reading about it on the band website but it actually works really well.
"Feeding Frenzy" - fast paced riffage, mixed with strange lyrics and sound effects.
"This Green and Pleasant Land" is a rant about everything that's wrong with the country, lyrically it's trying a bit too hard to make a point but the music builds into a real belter, classic Pendragon! The yodeling in the last few seconds spoils the track slightly, not quite sure what this is trying to say, it's just a bit annoying.
"It's Just A Matter Of Not Getting Caught" is a slow pace brooding number, heavy guitar riffs with a dark undertone.
"Skara Brae" another heavy one, in places it's verging on metal with some backing vocals sounding a bit like "death growls". But this song also contains quieter, melodic sections which hark back to earlier albums such as "Not of This World" before returning to the heaving riffing and an unusual discordant guitar solo. As a fan of the symphonic metal genre this one ticks all the boxes for me.Read more ›
This has got a real hard edge and and is so ballsy!
"Passion" pulls you in with its wonderful twists and turns; you think it will go one way and it goes another.
Some inventive "sampling" compliments the bands seamless musicianship right from the off with the title track then before you can catch your breath you have the stunning "Empathy" which teases you with some wonderful time changes.
This all sets the course for a very satisfying and rewarding record. But - do not judge it too quickly let is work its magic - I've listened to it several times now and it gives up something different each time.
My favourite track is the storming "Skara Brae" underpinned by Scott Higham's brilliant drumming and some (almost), funky sequencing.
I so want this to do well for these troopers. It's not the "reliable" Prog of former years - although I love that and am very fond of their early material - "Passion" kicks ass (can I say that?) and I applaud the band for kicking it.
After all these years - they have a few tricks and surprises up their sleeve!
It's not awful and I have no problem with a slight change in direction and some modern musical influences. Yes, it's got a harder edge which may appeal to many new fans, and yes it's got that recognisable Pendragon trademark sound, but there's something missing for me.
Pendragon songs take you down a musical road and smash you between the ears with a killer keyboard & guitar rift that sends a shiver down your spine. Those euphoric musical highs are missing somewhat. Although 'Green & Pleasant Land' goes someway towards that direction, there are not enough high points on this album for my liking.
It's not the change in direction that's the problem, it's the quality and attention to detail in the writing that is.
I'm a big fan - but sorry this one doesn't do it for me!
Let's be honest here; the rumours and suggestions of changes to the Pendragon template did not fill me with joy in the months leading up to the release of 'Passion'. That said, I would always, always, ALWAYS buy ANY Pendragon release because they are such a strong unit in terms of musicianship, song-writing, melody and sheer class that Pendragon running at 50% capacity beats the hell out of 99% of the competition!
But not only did the first listen pleasantly surprise me, subsequent spins of the disc blow me away more and more; this record is a real GROWER and stands a great chance of being their finest release ever. I know what you're thinking - that's one hell of a bold statement. However, I said I would be honest folks and I'm being true to my word here. I have listened ten times in all now and I am still finding more intricacies and subtle beauty each and every time I hear the album.
From start to finish there is much that takes the breath away. There is a real diverse spread of styles across the album; delivered with aplomb and the trademark Pendragon sound. Sampling? Yes - it works! Rap? Yes - it works? There's more power in many of the tracks - awesome metal riffs (Passion), amazing discordant keyboard solos (Skara Brae) and drumming to take your breath away! Scott Higham really shines throughout!
But there's old classic Pendragon too. 'Your Black Heart' delivers a closing track akin to the impact made by 'Am I really Losing You?' from 'Window of Life' and in 'This Green and Pleasant Land' we are presented with an epic track right up with the very best of their previous work ('Voyager', 'Man of Nomadic Traits', 'Indigo', etc).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Passion is a joyous, majestic album, and works on so many levels.
Ok, it took quite a few listens, but this album has finally clicked for me! And man has it clicked! Read more
I bought this together with Pure - their previous offering. The two of them, whilst not quite Rubber Soul and Revolver, are similar in style and represent quite a change in... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2014 by Filthy the Dog
As a long time fan of Pendragon, I am sorry to say that this album is not very good. Why on earth did they decide to make the album sound heavier the style does not suit them and... Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2014 by Dr. Jon. Heels
Excellent album marred by the presence of the 'rap' stylee section of Empathy. I have no empathetic relationship at all with the sub genre that people like to call rap. Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by Mr Kidney
A band that have never ever let me down for the 30+ years I have been listening to them and this one is no different. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by B. J. Parry
i like pendragon but this album its not my cup a tea. they were graet in 90'. the best album of pendragon for me is Pure...Published on 7 Dec. 2013 by piotr sadowski