OLD IS THE NEW YOUNG
If you’ve been listening to music for as long as I have, there will be many names that spark a brief association even if perhaps you don’t really know the music in question intimately. Now, Saga is a band that has been in existence since the late-70s and this Canadian progressive rock outfit is evidently still going strong. Well, if the music on 20/20 is any indication, in any case. Re-uniting with original singer, Michael Sadler, Saga has opted to return to its 80s roots (think: Asia, Alan Parsons Project, Styx, Utopia), with a collection of melody-centric numbers that will appeal to its longtime, diehard fans and perhaps younger neo-prog lovers who are into Spock’s Beard and Dream Theater.
Some of the tracks here are pretty radio-friendly as well (provided they were released in the 80s of course). Good examples would be the commercial rock ballad “Ellery”, the dynamic anthem “Spin It Again” – a rumination on risk taking and the pleasing “Another Day Out of Sight”. In fact, the entire album relies on strong melody to catch the listener’s attention over the usual technical virtuosity. Which is great for fans of song over technique. An wonderful evocation of a special time in rock music.