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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: July 1, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MAGNA CARTA RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00005AVQD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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I've given this album a chance, but it just doesn't set my boxers on fire. I think the problem here for many people is that this CD isn't really progressive--it's more of a lengthy classical-rock album where most of the songs could have been cut down to four minutes without any decrease in quality. There aren't many wild style changes-this is straightforward, classical-tinged rock. When I saw that there was a thirty minute opus here, I was thrilled. I expected something very exciting and inventive. I was disappointed to find out "First Light" was mid-tempo throughout, with very little stiumlating music involved. Just when I thought it would rev up and get crazy, it slowed down. The choruses are bland and the solo work (guitar and keyboard) are lackluster. And the six-plus minutes of studio noise followed by an unnecessary orchestral section are a fatal shot in the foot (think gangrene). I wish Shadow Gallery could respond to this, because I'd like to know what they were thinking. It's almost painful to write this, because I loved "Tyranny" and "Carved in Stone". "Tyranny" is one of the best CD's of the decade. Why then did Shadow Gallery fall back a step? It seems like an average effort disguised as something big and special. Who knows, maybe the problem lies with the listener--there are so many brilliant prog bands out there that maybe I've come to expect too much. Obviously these guys are incredibly talented with unmapped potential. But "Legacy" harkens back to the days when they released their debut and were still finding their own sound. One last thought: what makes "Tyranny" so inspired is that the lyrics complement the music for more emotional impact. Here the lyrics don't say a thing to me.Read more ›
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I first heard Shadow Gallery about two years ago when I picked up Tyranny. It completely blew me away!! I was brought up listening to Rush, ELP and Yes. Over time, I've developed a love and admiration for bands like Dream Theater, Queensryche, Marillion and Fates Warning. Shadow Gallery ranks right up there. Legacy continues to show the skill of these incredible musicians, but it's not Tyranny. The instrumental sections are very long, and there's not much happening when you consider some of their older material. My personal favorites on the record are Colors, and the first ten minutes of "First Light." Also, the tremendous vocal melodies from the last record are just not here. They attempt it, but it does not have the same effect. A good record, but SG is going down, not up.
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When I first heard this CD, I was disappointed. Not because it's not a good album but because it came off of the heels of their classic concept CD Tyranny. It's like when Queensryche's Empire came out, we were all a little disappointed it wasn't Operation: Mindcrime part 2. But you can't go home again as they say -- nor should you in this sense.
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?
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I'm not sure what I was expecting with Legacy, Shadow Gallery's fourth release. Legacy smells like Shadow Gallery, looks like Shadow Gallery and sounds like Shadow Gallery--but is it Shadow Gallery?
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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