When one refers to a time of legends, one usually refers to the Middle Ages or the Greek Antiquity. It takes audacity to refer to our own time as a time of legends. Yet this is what Cairo accomplish. And they accomplish it beautifully!
The music is beautiful and takes us on a journey. Right from the start, where the first track, Underground, immediately starts with lyrics rather than a long instrumental which is often the case with this sort of album. Later on, as the instrumental does happen, a nice keyboard riff promises more to come. And it does. The music keeps moving in many surprising directions.
The Prophecy, the next song, does begin with a long instrumental. But it is in its proper place. A constantly evolving song, perhaps the most beautiful on the album.
It is followed by the instrumental piece Scottish Highland, which has a very misleading title. No bagpipes here. A very dreamy instrumental piece leading into You are the One. A love song with lots of heartfelt emotion.
Cosmic Approach is in a different direction altogether. It is reminiscent of 80’s Simple Minds and other great original bands of that era. A welcome addition! Coming Home also keeps the sound of the late 70’s, early 80’s. Although it reminds one of Yes’ Drama. Which is certainly not a bad thing.
Finally, The Fuse is back to the overall sound of the album. Lots of keyboard-driven riffs, leading to the end of the journey through a long instrumental.
It’s nice to hear the sound of the old Hammond organ. Too few artists use this unique-sounding instrument anymore. Here it has a predominant place.
Overall, a journey through A Time of Legends is a journey one will want to take again and again.