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Depends upon your expectations
on 9 September 2012
To be honest, I was ready to condemn it after the first listenings, but then I got to like it!
It's too easy to be too proud of the sources of the band's material, but what's the point? We aren't getting anything new, and I like the style of music offered here, and always have.
You could say that it's a mix of Pink Floyd, The Moody blues, Yes and Rick Wakeman. But remember, it's NOT them! People were suggesting that it was like the Floyd, but I'd tend to disagree.
Astra try to find bits of the 'classics' that worked, and then incorporate them into their music. It's like trying to dig five tunnels under a river, and getting them all to meet up successfully!
Where it all fails (for me, at least), is that it isn't reflective enough. (See, I told you that it wasn't like Floyd.) She runs at quite a pace.
Anyway, the surprise is, that that album has a great ending, in the true spirit, no less!
Yes, I was cynical, but the download was well cheap. I wanted to see if my brother would like it (he's a Floyd fan), but I don't reckon he would because it's too fast-paced.
Nothing new here, of course, but if you like this type of 'traditional' Prog, it's probably worth a go.