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Tyranny is what it is. But SG has to move on. Having listened to the album again recenlty I have come to realize that they have moved on.
There are so many good things I like about this band in general. They are progressive, can do quick scales and odd time meters in spades -- but don't need to continually prove that to the listener. There are times when they just rock out a straight 4/4 riff, and there are times when they go quietly into some keyboard interlude. Whatever is needed to make a good song, this band throws out there and does not seem to be limited or intimidated by musical diversity.
The lyrics are very well written. While I can't say I agree with every opinion expressed on an SG album, I do like that they don't resort to songs about the devil, to songs about sex, or to profanity. Their lyrics have a little class, and that's hard to find these days.
They're vocals are top-knotch. Mike Baker's voice gets more interesting and mature each offering and their background vocals are supurb. This band reminds me of the best parts of Styx, Queen, blended together with DTish prog stuff. I mean, they take the best of all worlds and make their own sound.
Legacy continues this tradition. No, it's not a full-length concept album about governmental conspiracy and treason, but hey, if every CD were about that, what would make Tyranny special?Read more ›
Well, yeah, it is. But the things I love most about this band have been perverted or put aside. Shadow Gallery's beautiful vocal melodies--which have always bordered on sappy--are too sappy here. The instrumentals--which were tasteful on the last two albums--seemed to have regressed to what they were on SG's debut disc; the instrumentals on Legacy are excessive and too over-the-top for my tastes. And the lyrics seem rather mundane as they are almost a parody of the lyrics found on Tyranny and Carved in Stone.
I'm not knocking the band for this release--it is a good album. It just seems that the boundaries pushed on previous SG albums weren't pushed here. There isn't a progression from Tyranny. In fact, this album seems regressive as it apes SG's debut and sophomore releases quite effectively. Legacy is basically a cross between the debut and Carved in Stone. Not a bad thing, really. But what happened to the progression, the evolution that was Tyranny? No, I wasn't expecting Tyranny II. Too many fans fall into that trap. But I was expecting Tyranny's son, grandson of Carved in Stone. Instead, I get the inbred child of the debut and Carved in Stone: A cute enough guy, but he's a bit dull--if you take my meaning.
Still, if you're a Shadow Gallery fan, this is a good album. "Cliffhanger 2" is a great song, even though the second half of the song is excessive. "Destination Unknown" and "Colors" are good, but a bit too sappy in the vocal melody department. "Legacy" and "Society of the Mind" are pretty good, but they suffer from being too bland and generic.
Still, I like Legacy well enough.
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This is an excellent album despite the last 10 minutes of air and junk. Bands have a right to be creative, but it just detracts from an amazing album. Read morePublished 14 months ago by javajeff
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with the sad passing of one of the premier voices in progressive metal,i with regret write about one of the most underrated bands of their genre. Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by Mark Russo
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My liking for Shadow Gallery began with "Carved in Stone", an album that, after many attempts, managed to blend meaty heavy-hitting cuts ("Cliffhanger") with softer, touching... Read morePublished on June 11, 2007 by Dan Solera
Well, I'm not into prog...I love Toto...I used to love Dream Theater ("Images" & "Awake"...)...I do love Queensryche music from 80's and early 90's... Read morePublished on June 28, 2006 by Andrea Moretti
This album gets beat up on by prog fans a little too much. IMO it's just as good as anything Dream Theatre put out during this time period.Published on June 5, 2005
This album was outstanding. it might even top tranny. their songs are the most pregressive they have ever been. here is a basic review of the cd. Read morePublished on March 9, 2005 by Susan A. Carra