The majesty of The Morrigan ceremoniously unfolds across the nine elegantly crafted progressive folk-rock tracks on Hidden Agenda. The follow-up to 1998's Masque, this album showcases the musical breadth of the British quintet. Compelling instrumentals (such as a rendition of Susato's "Basse Danse" and Praetorius' "Volta" from the 16th century) and progressive tour de forces (the nearly 10-minute epic "A Night to Remember" -- an ode to the legendary ship Titanic) fit in with equal grandeur.
The Morrigan's roots go back to 1984, and there are elements of that era's so-called neo-progressive movement in this music. But the band also recalls acts like Tempest and even – at least from a musical perspective – mid-period Alan Parsons Project. Leaders Cathy Alexander (singer, keyboard player and 12-string guitarist) and Colin Masson (singer, guitarist and bass player) combine with the rest of The Morrigan to create an album that might have been better off titled Hidden Charm.