The Twenty Seven Club (CD/DVD)
Magenta's latest finds them returning to an overtly progressive rock sound and the music is all the better for it. The Twenty Seven Club is a concept album based around famous rock stars that died at the age of 27 (Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hedrix, Kurt Cobain, ao). The core lineup is Rob Reed, Christina Booth, and Chris Fry. For this album the band is rounded out by guest drummer Andy Edwards of IQ. Reed's keyboard work is back in the fore and Fry's Howe-isms on guitar always bring a polish to the music (and grin on the face). Christina Booth's voice is a real gift and she shines as always. Overall the music makes some overt references to Yes and Genesis so you get that old school flavor that the band hasn't offered in many years. The album arrives in a special edition with a bonus DVD. You get the complete album in a 5.1 mix, documentary footage and a promo video for one of the tunes. Highly recommended.