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MEDITERRANEAN TALES

Triumvirat

 

Symphonic Prog

3.62 | 167 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars When you listen to this album, you can't avoid to associate this band with ELP. Bombastic keys, great drumming, good bass...With such a name, the band is of course a trio.

This album holds whatever aspect of their model you can think of. The opening track and the epic from this album is extremely dynamic, even violent at times. Jürgen Fritz is really a gifted keyboard player. Frenesy is getting out of his keys; but at the same time some nice melodies as well. Of course, the vocals in this first album are not really great and it is probably the main reproach I could do about it.

Besides this, this album really should need your attention. Very good compositions and an incredibly powerful band. What an energy ! The whole sixteen minutes of "Across the waters" (except the short vocal parts) is a magnificent symphonic moment. Pompous and grand ! Do have a listen to it; you shouldn' be disappointed.

"Eleven Kids" starts and finishes pretty badly. Vocals are truely awful. It is a pity because the central instrumental part is full harmony and beauty. The instrumental "E Minor..." is rather chaotic but at least those vocals are (obviously) skipped. My least favourite number.

The closing number "Broken Mirror" is of another caliber. Wonderful and classical piano introduction, full of tenderness and so light...But when the whole band gets together, the feeling one got during the opening track is back again. Excessively strong, almost heavy. This song is varied (completely jazzy during the vocal section). There will even a bearable vocal section full of harmony; almost beatles-esque !

If you do not appreciate bands sounding like other ones (I did not say clone), you should better avoid this record (and probably the other Triumvirat ones). But I usually am not harsh about such bands and I really have to say that as far as "Triumvirat" is concerned I am quite pleased to listen to the majority of their production. "Mediterranean Tales" might not be their best album but it features so many good moments that it might well be interesting to discover their work clockwise to get acquainted and discover the following albums in the sequence they were released.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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