ARTIST:

PENDRAGON

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

THE WORLD

(1991)
LABEL:

TOFF

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Hovering, Neo
"Even if it remains inferior to the albums that will follow, "The world" remains a pleasant album that lays the foundations of the neo-progressive rock that Pendragon will develop from now on."
TARJY (17.02.2005)  
3/5
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After two albums - The Jewel and Kowtow - revealing, the English band Pendragon, one of the leaders of the neo-progressive scene, approaches the delicate course of the 90s by releasing The World. It's clearly from this opus that the combo definitively finds its identity, contenting itself with enriching their music without revolutionizing anything as the later releases went on.

Indeed, The World contains, no more and no less, exactly the same elements as The Window Of Life, its successor. Characteristics that he created. Same hovering guitar full of feeling, same prominent keyboards typical of Clive Nolan, same Nick Barrett's vocals, not always irreproachable but pleasant, same sense of hyper-melodic compositions (that some will hasten to qualify as easy), same quite playful ambiences and feeling of auditory plenitude...

Of course, all of this is less successful at all levels. Sensation largely confirmed by a sound quality more than very average, the album having obviously aged quite badly. It's all the more striking that The Window Of Life, released only two years later, seems to have dug a real gap...

Regardless of all these considerations, the main thing is that Pendragon's music takes us on a journey. Maybe it's less the case on The World, but Nick Barrett still has the talent to bring out the little solo that transport us. Moreover, his talent for composing beautiful melodies and efficient songs is no longer to be demonstrated, and the neo-progressive lover can only be satisfied.

Tracks like the long song 'Queen Of Hearts', such as 'The Voyager' or 'And We'll Go Hunting Deer' are very good songs and are well worth the detour, but we must admit that The World doesn't bring much compared to the much superior albums that followed him. Provided with a sound largely flattening the musical amplitude, the "Pendragonian" euphoria is much less striking. Part of the musical charm is therefore a little lessened...

Despite everything, this is a good and very pleasant album that is a good starting point to know what remains the model of the "neo" progressive scene . Because, obviously, Pendragon has all the qualities to attract a much larger audience. However, in order to look at their best achievements, one must be interested in what will come after this The World...


More informations on http://www.pendragon.mu





TRACK LISTING:
01. Back In The Spotlight - 07:39
02. The Voyager - 12:15
03. Shane - 04:25
04. Prayer - 05:21
05. Queen Of Hearts - 21:46
06. And We'll Go Hunting Deer - 07:14

LINEUP:
Clive Nolan: Claviers
Fudge Smith: Batterie
Nick Barrett: Chant / Guitares
Peter Gee: Basse
   
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