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3 stars In 2007 Aisles started working on their new album, a process that prooved to be quite slow, lasting over the year.A big factor was that the group was eventually shaping a stable crew.Felipe Gonzales, who played as a session bassist in the first album, was promoted to a full-time member and Aisles also recruited Felipe Candia behind the drum kit.The production of the album did last a bit too long as well, headed by the efforts of German Vergara, and the new release ''In sudden walks'' saw the light as a self-produced album in October 2009.

''Mariachi'' sets up the tone of what was going to be expected as a rather diverse work, combining flashy Neo Prog synths, orchestral grandieur and modern Heavy/Alt Rock touches ala PORCUPINE TREE in a long and interesting composition.The suprise come from the next bunch of tracks.Aisles' debut did have this British-styled Neo Prog attitude, but the following pieces are beyond imagination with the group sounding so British you could easily consider the album as a lost work from the 80's British Prog period.With echoes from the works of CASTANARC, JADIS, TWELFTH NIGHT and PALLAS, these tracks offer an elaborate Progressive Rock with instant melodies, atmospheric FLOYD-ian vibes, fantastic English vocals by the super-talented Sebastian Vergara and careful keyboard textures.Moreover the presence of acoustic tunes make the music very flexible and pretty attractive.Very good and well-crafted stuff.Reaching the end of the album, Aisles deliver the 15-min. long composition ''Hawaii''.And as with the previous tracks, the music is definitely interesting and well-executed, however it lacks the strength and energy of the rest of the album.Too much relying on stretched FLOYD-ian soundscapes and generating from atmospheric passages than any kind of rhythmic or melodic matrix, it flows in a constant slow tempo with laid-back guitars and keyboards and only a few minutes around the middle offer some more powerful lines with dual guitars, before falling again in a narcotic, slightly psychedelic mood.

The last track was rather a dissapointment, but the rest of the album contains certainly some very good British-styled Neo Prog with enough symphonic echoes to be appreciated by fans of the genre.I still believe this group can come up with something trully great in the future.Recommended.

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