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Train - CD
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Best Train release to date. Starts with 2 fab upbeat tracks, followed soon after by an excellent duet with Ashley Monroe. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye is fun and very original - great lyrics, followed by the tearjerker "You Can Finally Meet My Mom". The bonus track too, "To Be Loved" is well worth making sure you have on the CD. Great album.
Dream Theater - CD
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Why? Just did not like it one bit. Give me SDOIT, SFAM, FII, ToT anyday. I will listen to those albums for the rest of my days, but I cannot get into the new DT. Shame.
Camel - CD
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This album contains the masterpiece which is Lawrence. A sprawling epic that really should have been on the soundtrack to the David Lean epic! It is supported by some marvellous songs throughout. Moonmadness, the 2013 Snow Goose and A Nod and a Wink are up there too, but this album wins for me. It is Andy Latimer at his sublime peak - a very special guitarist. Buy this.
Moongarden - CD
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Very difficult to get hold of without paying out a relatively hefty some in comparison to some titles these days, but worth every penny you spend. This is Moongarden's high point to date which has contained some highs and lows. Camel influenced from the beginning, this is a bit removed from those days, but doesnt suffer for it (I love Camel). Vocals are excellent, as this the title track. But it is the mixture of faster and slower tracks, with quirky titles that make the album. Lucifero, and Learning to Live Underground tick every box for me. Love prog, then this is an album to seek out.
Aqualung (With 6 Bonus Tracks)
Jethro Tull - CD
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I believe the title track of this album is the definitive Tull. I remember the first time I saw them live, and whilst it was a wonderful experience, all I wanted was to listen to Aqualung - they didn't let me down. However, most fans know that the sound quality on this album lets it down from 5 stars. Ian Anderson has written more complete albums than this. That said, Cross-Eyed Mary and Locomotive Breath and top songs, as is the lovely Mother Goose. A must, in spite of its flaws.
Moon Safari - CD
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Amazing. Harmonies to die for. Every track top draw (though Crossed the Rubicon and Southern Belle stand out even higher). Original - nobody does it like Moon Safari does it! Check them out, and marvel at this stunning album. I will need to buy another copy soon as I have more or less worn it out!!
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OSI - CD
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Yes, this is the best of the 4 OSI albums to date. I bought the special edition, though I must admit the 2nd CD is a bit redundant. So, might be best to buy the single one. This alone merits five stars for some simple reasons. Starting with the final track - "Our Town" a typical quiet, understated finish by Kevin Moore, remember Space Dye Vest? Before this we have some excellent tracks, but you attention has to be draw to "Bigger Wave" and the quite ominous "Kicking". It is clearly their best album.
No World For Tomorrow
Coheed And Cambria - CD
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Is this the best Coheed and Cambria release? Well, I thought so until I recently heard "The Afterman Descension". It is still, of course, a 5 star release from a band surely on the up. From the typical Coheed opening through the dark "The Reaping" and catchy "Feathers" Coheed and Cambria treat us to a musical feast. Mother Superior is superior in name and sound. And "The Road and the Damned" is a rousing track near the end of the CD. Just buy it and enjoy.
Burton and Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
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I couldnt agree more with the first reviewer of this book. What a fantastic journey through an alternative 19th century. Lots of great characters, Queen Victoria assasinated (!), time travel. Most books that weave fiction in and out of fact are usually worth investigating, but rarely have I been so hooked on a book.
Road Salt Two (Limited Edition)
Pain Of Salvation - CD
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Here we go again - another 5 star outing from Pain of Salvation. The much anticipated follow up to the amazing Road Salt One is finally with us, and after many repeated plays it is easy to review it. Brilliant, thought-provoking, boundary pushing, sensitive, humorous, aggressive, articulate - I could go on. If you like RS1, you will love this. If you didnt, you don't like prog. Conditioned is a simple but addictive guitar driven song, with a Led Zepp feel to it. Follow this with the beautiful Healing Now, and you know you are in for a rollercoaster ride. The new version of Mortar Grind is as good, if not better than the original. 1979 is a gorgeous short track and yet again shows off Daniel Gildenlow's great vocals. And, as for The Physics of Gridlock? You couldnt get more proggy if you tried. The best release of 2011 by the best band on the planet.