ARTIST:

PENDRAGON

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

PURE

(2008)
LABEL:

TOFF

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Neo, Symphonic
"More "Heavy" than the previous vintages but just as excellent, "Pure" is for the fan as well as for those who would like to discover this band."
PETER HACKETT (03.11.2008)  
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Thirty years! Nick Barrett's been doing prog for 30 years ! Pendragon is a little less old, and Nick is still here, against all odds, and he offers us what is only the eighth 'real' album of the band.

Pendragon announces the color from the first track since it is called Indigo and it sounds good and loud ... very loud ! Barely 30 seconds after the intro a dog barks and Nick Barett makes his guitar cry. Rises and falls of guitar and keyboards which intertwine, voice in chorus, no doubt, it's Pendragon... Yes, but the new Pendragon seems more full-bodied and the young guy who is frantically fidgeting behind the barrels is probably responsible for a lot of it ! Scott Higham, the new drummer of the band, dynamizes (not to say dynamite) the compositions. Indigo is the longest track of this new album and we can happily find Barrett's vocals and wonderfull soli, all of this seasoned with keyboards hovering or singing nder the fingers of a very inspired Nolan.

We find vocals programmed afterwards, like in Eraserhead, title a little calmer than the first one, but with a final keyboard and then a very genesis-like and beautiful guitar. Then comes Comatose, a three-part composition which alternates intimate and acoustic moments with explosions of power, heavy drums and screaming guitar. The balance between strength and finesse is always present, the storms never last long, and when the sun shines under Nick Barrett's fingers, it's heartwarming. After a The Freak Show that starts and ends very "Heavy" (some will say it's the influence of Porcupine Tree), the album closes on 8'15 very "Pendragon". It's Only Me, which starts like a ballad on a harmonica background, is a track that will make you cry in the thatched cottages. The atmosphere rises slowly during the first half and, around 4'50, Nick's guitars take off and make us hover until the end of the track (and thus of the album).

"Pure" is an amazing Pendragon. It is certainly more "Heavy" than the previous vintages, but it's still addressed to the fan as well as to the one who would discover this band. To consume obviously without moderation. 


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Indigo - 13:44
02. Eraserhead - 09:05
03. Comatose (i View From The Seashore) - 07:41
04. Comatose (ii Space Cadet) - 04:02
05. Comatose (iii Home And Dry) - 05:55
06. The Freak Show - 04:26
07. It's Only Me - 08:16

LINEUP:
Clive Nolan: Claviers / Choeurs
Nick Barrett: Chant / Guitares
Peter Gee: Basse / Choeurs
Scott Higham: Batterie / Choeurs
   
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