Reviewed by Others on 20 Aug 2002
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Pallas is one of the great UK bands that helped bring progressive back into vogue in the early 1980s. Unlike many of their contemporaries they are usually a lot more hard edged and tend to be very straight ahead. I am a longtime fan of Pallas and was thrilled when Beat the Drum signaled their return to the prog scene. Their follow-up to that reintroduction is their greatest CD ever, and one of the best of 2001, The Cross and the Crucible. Let me begin by saying this CD is superior in many ways. The packaging is splendid, the artwork wonderful, the recording is clean and the music kicks major butt. I pre-ordered from the band and it has not left the CD player (minus a short two week absence) since then. This CD is strong when it needs to be, mellow when appropriate and is a fantastic listen. Alan Reed’s vocals are the best of his career and strike the listener as genuine and heart felt. The performance of Niall Matthewson on guitar is inspires. Ronnie Brown adds fantastic keyboard color when appropriate and takes the lead at the right times. Graeme Murray and Colin Fraser are a wonderful anchor and keep this album rooted in a great groove, breaking out when necessary and never stepping over the line. This concept should be welcome in any music fan's collection and deserves to be multi-platinum. We can only hope it will happen. This is another great Inside Out release that should be readily available. If you have trouble finding it Pallas’s service is fantastic and is run by longtime Pallas associate Mike B.