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Jeff Wayne celebrates...well, not an anniversary, but something with War of the Worlds: The New Generation, a 2012 re-recording of his 1978 rock opera. That prog-disco artifact has remained an inexplicable rock evergreen, spawning reissues, remixes, tours, even video games, so perhaps it was no surprise Wayne revisited it for some reason in 2012, not with the intent of re-interpreting it but merely recasting it, replacing Richard Burton with Liam Neeson, David Essex with Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, Julie Covington with Joss Stone, Phil Lynott with Maverick Sabre, and Justin Hayward with Gary Barlow. The names have changed but the sounds remains the same: this is still absurd prog rock set to a disco beat, boasting the same arrangements as before, all the actors mimicking what came before. Whether you like this or not entirely depends on how much you like the Old Generation of War of the Worlds. The New Generation feels like the Old, snapping to the same beats, riding the same squawking analog synthesizers, celebrating the same sci-fi corn.
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