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LIVE IN MEXICO

Moon Safari

 

Symphonic Prog

4.02 | 25 ratings

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Nrwhmr
5 stars This, the band's second live album, sees Mikael Israelsson deputising on drums for Tobias Lundgren as they play the Baja Prog Festival.

Like their previous live album, "The Gettysburg Address", the songs are performed in a way that is faithful but not reverential to the original recordings. Whilst the former album showcased the band's live strengths in an admirable way, this new recording shows that they have matured and developed as live performers, as a result of their enhanced gigging experience. This is particularly reflected in the boldness of the arrangements, with the band not afraid to go for a subtle sound in places where others would push the power button.

There are many highlights but especial mention must be given to "cross the rubicon", which is beautifully performed, showing that "powerful" does not have to mean "loud". This song is one of many that demonstrates that the unrivalled vocal prowess of the band is a live, and not just a studio experience.

If you're new to the band, this is not a bad place to start, although it is very difficult to represent the breadth of the band's output even on a double cd.

For UK based proggers, I would recommend catching MS joint headlining with Lazuli at the end of November.

Nrwhmr | 5/5 |

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