Robert Reed is joined by legendary drummer Simon Phillips (Toto / Mike Oldfield / The Who) while the original “Tubular Bells” production team of Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth have once again made important contributions to the sound of the album.

The quality of the recording is impeccable. I seem to love all the work that comes out of New World Studios.

This album which is 85% comprised of 3 20 minute songs which are all parts of the Sanctuary opus is as I said before is beautiful and uses Tubular Bells as its Muse. The problem for me is if you are going to have a 20 minute song you need to have some drama. I personally don’t get that. That being said I would think that this album is going to be high on other people’s list. And had I been in the area I certainly would have bought tickets and gone to this. I just don’t see how I would spin this album over something like Steven Wilson’s Happy Returns, which evokes so much more emotion from me.

ACCESSIBILITY:2 Stars (2 / 5)
HEAVINESS:1 Stars (1 / 5)
MELODIC:5 Stars (5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)


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ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Sanctuary 2 part 1Sanctuary 2 part 1

These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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