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Transatlantic "Smpt:e"
by Jeff Hodges Date Added: Wednesday 25 August, 2004
Singlehandely, this CD revived my interest in 90's progressive rock, far before it was released. I got Yes' Ladder, and that sort of made me think about all the prog-rock bands I used to enjoy so much. I logged on to Marillion's website and it mentioned that Peter Trawabas was involved in an unnamed side project that involved all the "heavies" prog-rock, an "Asia" of the late '90's.
At the time, I had no idea that anyone was doing any kind of music of the sort, but after a little research, I was overjoyed to discover bands like Spock's Beard and the Flower Kings (I had already experienced Dream Theater, who I found a little heavy for my taste). I found that symphonic rock, if not progressive rock proper, was alive and well.

When this album came out, I was both overjoyed and disappointed. The first thirty minutes of this album has what could be the best symphonic rock piece since "Close to the Edge". "All of the Above" really is that good. Every day for six weeks I started my day by listening to this piece from beginning to end. Unfortunately, I don't think that the rest of the album keeps the same high standard. The next-best work is on "My New World," which is probably the most co-operative work (read - not Neal Morse and co.). On the whole, however, I think that the CD falls a little flat. The much-discussed Procol Harum cover becomes a little bit like the (dare I say it) "We are the World" track, as it is the time when the everyone steps to the mike regardless of thier actual vocal ability.

I really don't want to be discouraging. I think that EVERYONE should buy this CD and treat it like a single for the "All of the Above" track. I just don't want people to think that it is the CD that will steer the direction of progressive rock in the future. You may be paying full-CD price for that single, but I think that that song by itself is worth the price of the CD

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars! [3 of 5 Stars!]
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