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The progress of Britain during World War Two is an unlikely topic as any for a musician who never had any first hand experience of the world at war. However, 32 year old Saunders has written a 77 minute epic that chronicles the prelude of war, life on the home front through the battlefields to final victory. Quite timely in view of this years VE and VJ commemorations, but rather than deliver a barrage of ill-constructed songs and second rate meandering, Saunders very nearly beats Roger Waters at his own game by producing an extremely mature work that celebrates the humour, futility and pain of war in much the same way the film Hope and Glory achieved this fine balance.

However, whilst Saunders conveys an atmosphere of despair not dissimilar to The Final Cut, it is difficult to distinguish, even though it has a weighty production, whether or not there is enough conviction behind his sentiments. A Promise of Peace, merely by its subject matter and heavy concept, can leave you feeling it is merely a very clever late period Floyd imitation that hasn't got the guts Roger Waters puts into his work.

Reviewed by Glenn Povey.

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