Saga - The Human Condition (2009)


Most fans of a band panic when the band looses their lead singer. Speculation starts on how the band will continue, how their music will sound afterwards, and most importantly (for me) how are the band’s hit songs going to sound with the new singer. Well Saga’s selection of their new vocalist, according to their promo text, was somewhat based on how the old tracks where performed by the new vocalist.

I have been listening to Saga’s releases for quite a while now, and I have to say that Rob Moratti does a great job in this album, and it’s a worthy replacement of Michael Sadler. His vocals are good but different, so don’t expect a carbon copy of the old singer’s vocals. But I can say that they fit the bands music like a glove.

“The Human Condition” is a very solid release from this legendary band. All tracks are greatly composed and perfectly executed. You can clearly hear the years of experience this musicians have. The guitar and keyboard solos scattered throughout the album are excellent and give the music that extra kick that sometimes requires. Track by track this album is very good, but then again, what can you expect from a band that has been putting out quality releases for over 30 years.

For progressive rock bands the production of the album is one of the most important things, since all the different musical elements have to be properly highlighted and well mixed to provide to the listener the full experience that the band wants to transmit. “Human Equation” features a very high quality production, you can hear every single solo, every singe drum beat, everything. The listener is able to appreciate every little detail about this release in a very clear way.

Overall this album is a strong effort from Saga, and it shows that they still have more good recordings in them. I would definitely recommend this album to any fan of the band, and to every progressive rock fan.

Band: Saga Album: The Human Condition
Label: Inside Out Release: May 19, 2009
Official Site myspace
Genre: Progressive Rock

Country: Canada

Rating: 90/100

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