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Progressive Rock CD Reviews

Frederico Parra

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Review by Gary Hill

This is an album that’s tough to classify. I’ve put it under progressive rock mainly because the mix of sounds is a very progressive thing. Additionally, there are comparisons to be made to Peter Gabriel. There is even a cover of one of Gabriel’s songs. It’s a safe bet you’ve never heard anything quite like this. It’s an adventurous set that is quite entertaining.

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Track by Track Review
One Taste

Bombastic and percussive, this is quite a mélange of sounds. There is a lot of world music here. Symphonic elements and something more like Peter Gabriel’s more adventurous stuff are all represented here. There are vocals, but they are non-lyrical. This is a powerful piece of music.

The Other
This is more of a song type piece. It has vocals, but they don’t work all that well for me. Still, the music is unusual and stunning. There are a lot of symphonic layers and more. This is definitely a progressive rock ballad, leaning toward the folk prog end of things. There are some more rocking sections in the middle of the track, too.
Into the Forest
Quite a strange but compelling piece, this is definitely different. Some classical styled atmospherics and melody create the backdrop. A voice delivers a middle Eastern styled vocal line. The melody of the instrumentation often matches it. This is not in English. It is powerful, though. Other voices, still delivering non-English world music sounds are heard on the cut later.
San Jacinto
More of a real progressive rock piece, this is a cover of Peter Gabriel. Mind you, this doesn’t really resemble his version. That said, there are a lot of electronic keyboard textures here along with Native American and world music sounds. This is a lot more diverse and adventurous than the original. It might not be as instantly accessible, but it’s got a lot going for it.
Dancing Voices
This is properly titled as two voices gently dance around one another. It’s non-lyrical. It’s also atmospheric, world music styled and pretty.
Descending
The title track falls somewhere in between folk prog and jazz. It’s quite a dramatic and powerful piece of music. Sometimes the vocals leave me a little less than impressed, but more often than not they work really well. This is arguably the strongest piece of music here. That makes it a great choice for title track.
Stellar Waves
Although this is weird, it’s also compelling. It’s essentially space music composed of layers of processed voices. It’s non=lyrical, slow moving and crazy cool.
 
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