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PATIENCE OF HOPE

Roz Vitalis

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.92 | 41 ratings

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BrufordFreak
4 stars A collection of odd songs that have trouble fitting into any genre as the music varies--within each song--from Baroque and classical to vaudevillian and King Crimsonian jazz.

Five star songs: 11. "The Unfading Sun (The Loving Version)" (3:56) the chamber/classical, acoustic/folk version of this song. (10/10) 3. "To Stir Up Your Pure Minds" (3:10) opens with cello, then clarinet before dulcimer lays down a foundational chord progression for the two to rejoin a pretty weave. (10/10) 2. "The Unfading Sun (The Loved Version)" (2:50) is the electrified piano version of this pretty melody. (9/10) 5. "The Forgiven Monday" (3:36) is a spacey electronic piece (9/10) 9. "Dove il Sole E Meraviglia" (1:57) opens with plucked dulcimer playing solo before being joined by clarinet in a slow pretty song. At the end of the first minute the song picks up speed and adds a cello to weave a classical arrangement together. (9/10)

Four star songs: 10. "Touching Upon the Mystery" (8:55) opens with solo harpsichord before band kicks into a kind of quirky electro-polka. By the fourth minute it has reverted to classical music but then almost as quickly switches back into circus jazz polka and then into a kind of Latin cinematic. Odd song but I like it. (8/10) 7. "Mother of All Rain" (4:28) begins as a simple almost New Age piano étude, before electric guitar and rock combo join in and eventually take over in what ends up being a bit of a heavier number. (8/10) 1. "Patience of Hope" (6:43) is an Arp synth-drenched pensive electric guitar solo, 6. "Gorgeous Cliff" (1:35) (8/10)

Three star songs: 4. "Seeds Fell Among Thorns" (6:17) opens with a bit of minimalist feel to it before devolving into an odd Balinese-sounding weirdness. (7/10) 8. "Confidence" (5:53) opens as a classical piano solo piece--another "étude"--before turning vaudeville-jazzier in the second minute. At 1:53 drums, bass and saxophone take over the main melody in a fully jazz effort--though admittedly this takes on a King Crimsonian approach to jazz. Such a simple and unimpressive song. (7/10)

The King Crimson Lark's Tongue influences are quite recognizable in instrument choices but even more in the sound recording choices: there is a very hollow "old" sound to this album throughout.

3.5 stars rated up for potential!

BrufordFreak | 4/5 |

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