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Magrathea - Legends

Magrathea - LegendsFrom the northwest part of England, Legends is a self-produced album from Magrathea.  To be fair, the album is basic in design, but the music is something else.  Powered by Glenn Alexander (keys, vocals and drums), and Gary Gordon on guitar and bass, this ten-track is quite impressive.

It gives me the feel of the early 80ís scene, when the likes of IQ, Pallas, Pendragon, Twelfth Night, Haze and Citizen Cain were just starting out. The music is very keyboard influenced, like a cross between early Tales and Wake style IQ and And Then There Were Three Genesis style. The album, for a debut, is well written and if it were recorded in a better studio for a well-polished sound, it would be in any prog fans collection.

All the songs are well thought out and it seems a lot of effort has gone into the structure.  Opening track Reunion has a Dance On A Volcano style start, but it explodes into a fantasy of guitar riffs and twiddley keys, and a chorus that grows on you, which had me humming along for a few days too!

The Genesis influence shines on the next track Shadows Of Ignorance, but the albumís stand out tracks for me are the next two, Magical Box and The Man Who Loved Flowers Magical Box is a gentle song, and there is a touch of Lucy In The Skies With Diamonds feel to it. The Flowers track again has a strong Genesis feel to it, bursting into bits of King Crimson.  It has a strong chorus too, and would be not out of place at a live show.

The soft gentle sound of Galadriel follows, with nice passages and keys sounds, then the forceful Brainwash features an army of keys sounds and a plodding bass line.

Birds Of Fire again is a gentle number, and Glennís voice reminds me of a quiet Fish in harmony and again works well.  The plodding Agoraphobic with a story to tell is next, with a Suppers Ready 9/8 feel and strong riffs and haunting voices make this an interesting sound.

There is a feel of In That Quiet Earth to the next track, Fear Of The Unknown, but again it works well.  Final track Dreamscape opens with acoustic guitar and is an ideal album closer.  It takes you down the pathway before you close your eyes to sleep, and is again well written and played.

There are some downloads available on the site below and are worth checking out. This is a good effort, if you ever purchase it, you will not be disappointed and you will play it for many months to come.

Danny Mayo



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