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In terms of musicianship I can't really fault this as it's as good as anything else out there and I particularly like the slightly restrained and tasteful guitar work from Mr Stolt. There are no Petrucci-esque type solos played at 1000 miles per hour on here and everything Stolt does on this album is done tastefully and with grace, but not with speed, so if you're looking for a kind Dream Theater mk II, forget it because 'you wont find it here' (unintentional pun there - think about it..! ) . There's lots of lovely acoustic work and some nice vintage sounding electric guitar work and overall I have to admit to being very impressed with the guitar skills demonstrated on this album. The bass sound is awesome too - punchy, clear and quite toppy and the playing is superb. Quite upfront in the mix too which works for me. Keyboard sounds are many and varied and as with the guitar very vintage sounding which is again a plus in my old ears. Then we have Portnoy - what can I say..? The guy is a superb skin basher and he doesn't disappoint on this. Drum and bass synchronisation and chemistry on this album between Portnoy and Trewavas is very fine indeed. The big disappointment for me - and it is huge enough to knock 3 stars off the rating in my opinion - is in the vocals. Both in the quality of the actual singing and the lyrical content which is at best cringeworthy. In fact it's downright bloody awful. Perhaps if they had kept religion out of the subject matter I might not have been so cruel about it but I find the concept of having someone elses religious beliefs rammed down my throat to be distasteful in the extreme, and especially on an album which I've paid for with my hard earned cash and where I am in effect a member of a captive audience. Very poor show on that front. In conclusion : despite the great musicianship I find that I really just can't listen to this album without cringeing so it doesn't get a place on my playlist and I've sold my CD copy of it on ebay. 2 stars only. :( social review comments | Review Permalink
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