since the formation of the band back in 1977 Saga have been at the
forefront of the progressive rock scene and have become legitimate
successors to the likes of Yes, Rush and ELP, all big names in the prog
Their latest release ‘Network’ and is the bands fifteenth studio
album and is probably the bands most comprehensible release to date.
‘Network’ is fresh it is a very vibrant album that breathes new life
into an often misunderstood musical genre.
The introduction of replacement drummer Christian Simpson who is filling
in for long time drummer Steve Negus (who is taking a sabbatical) has
introduced a more natural and unprompted sound than previously heard
The opening track 'In The Air' has an intro very reminiscent of Pink
Floyds 'Division Bell' but as soon as Michael Sadler unleashes his
familiar vocals then it is purely Saga from then on in. The introduction
of Simpson has been a revelation and is felt on 'Keep It Reel', the
interaction with Ian Crichton's guitar work and Jim Crichton's keyboards
The chemistry between all five members of the band continues throughout
the entire album from the more thought provoking tracks like 'If I Were
You' and the excellent 'Believe' to the more up tempo tracks like 'Don't
Look Now'. The album closer 'Don’t Make A Sound' is a great way to end
the album with the intricate arrangements and varying changes in tempo
it really finishes of the album well.
I highly recommend if you haven’t been interested in the prog rock
side of the music scene then this album will definitely make you think
again about it.