5.0 out of 5 stars
A supergroup that's actually good, March 20 2002
There are few bands that feature artists from different bands that put out albums that rival their primary band's best music. Transatlantic does. When listening you can hear these guys having fun, playing music because they love what they are doing.
This shows through on both Transatlantic CDs and on Bridge Across Forever the ensemble approach is tighter while remaining fresh sounding. If no individual track is better than SMPT:e (for argument's sake) this album shows more coherence.
Duel With The Devil and Stranger In Your Soul are well constructed extended progressive gems. The singing and playing are carefree in the most positive way. I don't think the lyrics are so horrible. They won't win literary awards but are sung with conviction and isn't that part of what music is all about?
I grew up listening and going to Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant and King Crimson gigs. They were unique for their time. It's 30 years later and to be blunt it's good to hear artists bearing the progressive torch.
Transatlantic looks back to the bands that started the genre but do so with a modern impression. Comparisons can be made but ultimately it's the music that matters and there is a lot of great music on this album. There have been waves of proggresive bands, most that couldn't hold a candle to the music on this album. I really disliked bands like Styx, Asia and Starcastle because they distilled progressive music to arena friendly pomp and bloat. They lacked identity and integrity. Not so with Transatlantic.
Great music and inspired performances. A summit of some of the most interesting keepers of the progressive flame. A worthy purchase.