This record is kind of like a strange middle ground for me. It's not as tastefully ambitious as 2112 was, yet it's no where near as memorable as Moving Pictures and Permanent Waves would be. Yes, it's proggy and fun, but not in the most refined or appealing of ways. It's more pretentious than anything, unfortunately. This isn't to say that this album doesn't have its standout moments, of course.
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Favorite track: Gone
Least favorite track: Be Wild (or Birds, but issa intro)
Having Howard Jones on this record is basically a cheat code. The man has one of the most powerful voices in the entire genre. He also writes some great hooks, like on "The Blade," "Drown," and "More Than Just Myself," which were also the three main singles from this record. Jared Dines' riff game is very strong on this project, of course. The solo on "The Blade" kicks SO ... read more