Saga
Generation 13


4.5
superb

Review

by kual21 USER (16 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2013 | 2 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album is one of the most spectacular and innovative works in the level of concept, instrumental and technicality, production and group performance. It’s a joy for any progressive rock fan, and of course for any Saga fan.

Saga’s 1995 release sets a turning point in the band’s sound. It’s the middle 90’s with grunge and alternative metal as the main players in the world of music. By the end of the 80’s the group decided to change their sound to a more radio-friendly pop/rock sound, that endure right until 1995, when the band decided to make this extraordinary conceptual and progressive rock album.

Generation 13 is the best album since Worlds Apart, and brings Saga back to his roots. Generation 13 is one of the most spectacular albums ever devised in the 90’s. It’s a conceptual album with 25 tracks and tells the story of social misfit "Sam" and his adventures. The album almost never stops with the music flowing from track to track. Like any concept album, this album works better as a whole rather than with individual highlights. The storyline is wonderfully written, inspired in part by the book "13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?" by Neil Howe and Bill Strauss. All the characters have a clear intent to contribute to the story, there’s “no waste” in this album, with characters such as “Jeremy”, “Morty” or “Sam’s New Friend”. The sound effects are brilliant, creating the right atmosphere for the mysterious side of this album; all the instrumental transitions between tracks are very well designed and includes spoken parts from the characters of the story. Lyrically, this album is really innovative for Saga’s discography, the lyrics are dark and introspective, most of them have the intent to transmit the dark side of “Sam”, and most of the story goes through the characters problems and social affairs. Another very positive aspect of Generation 13 is the sound effects and experimental side of the album, Saga innovate their sound into something never done by the band; the album production and sound dynamics is brilliantly designed, making it the best album produced in the band’s discography. This album can build a feeling of togetherness and bond with the listener, all the emotions are very well transmitted. This album can make you think, it was made to reflect about opportunity, failure, life and hope.

This 1995 iconic album is wonderfully designed and composed; it’s one of the best albums in the 90’s. Somehow it brings to mind the progressive rock album classic The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis. This album is one of the most spectacular and innovative works in the level of concept, instrumental and technicality, production and group performance. It’s a joy for any progressive rock fan, and of course for any Saga fan.



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manosg
April 3rd 2013


6301 Comments


I haven't listened to this album but your review made me curious. Well written, pos.

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Jethro42
April 3rd 2013


12492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review for a great album. Production is top notch. Listening to it atm.




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