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Janos Varga and István Király are both former members of the Hungarian band East.
The album opens in Floydian style, rather relaxed with long drawn out passages. The style is symphonic with some keyboard and melodic solo's throughout this first part of the almost twenty minutes of I Must Be Going. Fight Of Mind, the second part, figures mostly guitar, first in blues style, later more heavy.
Prayer is a short track that reminded me a lot of Nick Barrett and Pendragon. It is followed by The Joy Of Starting that has again that Floydian atmosphere, although it has a bit more pace and percussion now. Strangely enough, the more melodic parts are a bit jazzy and rather frolic. A bluesy sounding guitar plays a question and answer game with the keyboards. Later on the music becomes positively uplifting and drummer Kiraly continues to be very busy with his fill-ins.
Mysterious Stars features slow cosmic electronics and a low bass sound. Time to relax in a somewhat psychedelic fashion with bubbly and watery sounds. The finale of the track is the ripping guitar solo Welcome To The Jungle. Maybe a bit repetitive.
Matching Souls is meant to be more groovy, but notwithstanding the attempts, it never really gets that swing. Musically comparable to Minimum Vital. The guitar playing is good though, the keyboard sound a bit thin.
Sunrise means a rest on this album. In this sense also the album is rather varied and it is also easy to see from the titles which tracks are easy going and which are not. Some very melodic guitar playing, easy acoustics and the back and swirly keyboard sound make it a pleasant listen. People who enjoy Pendragon I'm sure would also appreciate this. The keyboards sound very different, a bit fluting and high. Not warm at all.
Hard Life is a catchy one with a more cutting guitar sound. Again a blues background seems to shine through. On this track, especially the melodies on the keyboard are striking. For the rest the song has quite an ELP sound to it during the keyboard dominated passages.
All I Can Give means a return to moody electronic music, evolving right into a lone Floydian guitar solo. A good one too.
The final track is the title track. It opens in electronic style (TD ec.) but also has a kind of trumpet "reveille" in there. Then the song nervously gets underway with hasty drumming and uplifting chords on the keyboards. The continuation is rather aggressive and chaotic, but likable. Finally however the sharp melodic guitar playing takes control again.
Very melodic symphonic rock, sometimes Floydian/Pendragon, sometimes ELPish, with bluesy guitarwork at times and highpitched keyboards at another. What I liked less about the album were parts of a song like Matching Souls, that lacked the swing where it should have had some. Still, most of the material is certainly worth hearing, with some very nice melodies and the maturity of the songwriting is such that one does not even think about it much. Some tracks are almost electronic music, some feature ripping guitarwork. I do think that this is an album that many proggers will like.