Perhaps the first order of business concerning Mystery's seventh album, The World Is A Game, is to note that Benoit David has returned a their lead vocalist. After several years, and two albums, with the seminal prog rock group Yes, David returns to the microphone of this Canadian prog outfit.
Something that has not changed is Mystery's commitment to classic melodic progressive rock, principally motivated by founder Michel St-Pere's guitar driven composition. While hearing Mystery with David's vocals, you may consider Mystery a clone of that other famous group. But that's not necessary, but does offers some explanation to Mystery's musical style. You will hear in The World Is A Game classic UK prog including sounds from Yes to Genesis to Marillion and more.
To this end, Mystery's The World Is A Game is simply a delightful and entertaining album of melodic rock, progressive but not overtly technical. It's more like sophisticated AOR. It's also atmospheric; there's a wistful and airy quality throughout, and notable on songs like Pride or the title track. Conversely, a song like Dear Someone reveals a heavier side to Mystery's prog, with sacrificing melody or atmosphere (thanks to the flute lingering in the arrangement). Ultimately, and principally, Mystery is a melodic progressive rock band, and the beautiful closing piece Another Day displays the band at their prog best. The World Is A Game is easily recommended.
With The World Is A Game, you'll find Canada's Mystery at their very best, delivering classic melodic progressive rock. Simple.
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