I always knew they had it in them ever since I saw 'Don't Be Late' on MTV in its first year. They have kept the power toned down in the past, gave you a glimpse on 'Generation 13', and really let it out on this one. Yes, it's different than their previous work, but that's the definition of a progressive band. It's not enough to unseat my favorite Saga release, but it gets better every time I play it. Give it a try, it will grow on you and the underlying Saga 'style' is there. I can't wait to here the next one. Look out Dream Theatre!
...but I find this album one of the best Saga has done after Heads & Tails. Even better than House of Cards & Trust just to talk about their mos recent "good" ones.
Despite their marvellous musical skills and unique rythmn section among prog rock bands, Saga's LPs or CDs have often suffered of poor production (except Rupert Hine's ones). The prod here is maybe their worst. In spite of that, Pleasure and Pain songs remain musically strong and interesting, with european techno indus and noisy rock influences, bringing this album a particular savour. All in all a Saga crap still remains high above 90% of common rock production, so 4 stars!
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