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CORVUS STONE II

Corvus Stone

 

Crossover Prog

4.07 | 338 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Corvus Stone sophomore release is, like their debut, another interesting mix of the new and the old prog rock music. There are several nods to many classic groups of the 70´s. Some are obvious (the explicit citation lines of Deep Purple´s Highway Star on the also clearly titled Purple Stone), others are more subtle (Early Morning Call does have some brief instrumental parts that will remind of In The Court of The Crimson King). And still, the music here is not a copycat of any kind, balancing very well the familiar with the novelty. In fact, they sound like no one really. The use of several singers is a double edged sword: it brings variety but also can lead the group to a sensation of hearing several different bands playing on the same album. And that almost happens here, but thanks to the fluid, bluesy guitar of Colin Tench, that wraps up the whole package, this feeling is easily dispersed.

If there is a band that deserves the "crossover prog" tag more than anyone else , it may be well Corvus Stone: for they do cross over dozens of different styles and rhythms during the almost 80 minutes of music this CD brings to us. Latin percussion, classical parts, jazzy arrangements, spanish flamenco, eastern influences, fusion, blues, rock, hard, you name it and you´ll probably find it here. And yet the music is surprisingly different and never too predicable. With a superb production and a team of brilliant musicians, they prove they are also outstanding writers and arrangers. Of course it´s not exactly for everyone´s taste. Besides, It´s too much material to be heard all at once and this album is better appreciated if you take the time to listen to every track on its own. Some are better than others, but the overall feeling is of high quality and I found no real fillers.

Like the first album, Corvus Stone II is a terrific kaleidoscope of sounds that takes you to a swirling ride through several different places and moods, highs and lows, but you´ll never get bored. Compared to their first effort I found this album to be better written and arranged, an obvious evolution from their debut. A very fine band that does not have to be too zany or self indulgent to prove they are highly talented and unique.

Rating: at least four strong stars. Definitely an excellent addition t any prog rock music collection.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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