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From the peaks of "Fear Of A Bank Planet" and "Insurgentes", to this. From the sublime to the yawn. Strip the passion, spirit and soul out of Insurgentes and you have this album. The most eagerly awaited album for me, in years, was a deep dissapointment.
Polished, it may be, but so incredibly pedestrian that I struggled to get past track 4. I simply switched off. The title track is banal in the extreme. You cannot fault the polished production and excellence of musicianship but that's where the tributes end.
Playing around with different styles only works if the material is good enough. Doing it for the sake of doing it, creates nothing more than this Prog Rock elevator music.
I believe Steven is over stretching himself and this confirms it for me. Sometimes, Steven, less is more. Spend a little less time tinkering with other projects and focus on the very best your fabulous mind can muster.
I cannot praise Insurgentes enough. I also cannot put into words just what a shocking disappointment this was.