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5 stars It was interesting to read the reviews written here. The special collaborator "apps79" nailed it spot-on, when comparing Eternidad to Yes. When I first heard the album, the first thing that came to my mind was "this is what Yes would've sounded like if they were a prog folk band". I've basically searched through all bands that are under the sub genre "prog folk" on this website, and this one was by far the best. Most bands take it too much to the baroque or medieval harmonies for my taste, so I am happy when I find a prog band with more Beatlesque-influenced harmonies (such as Yes). Even more interesting is too find prog FOLK bands that explores modern harmonies, modal stuff, etc but that is not really the case here - the case is that Eternidad managed to keep it interesting throughout their album. Their beautiful vocals take the music to another level. Many prog bands, be they symphonic prog bands or even RPI, have very electric and loud instrumental pieces , with a bit of acoustic singing here and there, but I never think that it's enough, especially because most often these singing acoustic parts are not nearly as sophisticated as their instrumental counterparts, which has always frustrated me. Sometimes you hear some amazing instrumental parts, and then when the dude starts to strum the acoustic the guitar and sing , it can be tedious - and I don't mean that they need to make it technically or harmonically complicated. They just have to keep interesting, and Eternidad managed to keep both the instrumental parts and singing parts equally so. It's a shame that they weren't more recognized. I would've loved to hear more by them, they had the perfect instrumentation to their music - the bandoneon was a genius touch towards the last tracks, bringing a bit of the Buenos Aires tango culture into e music, together with legendary Antonio Agri in violin making for a heartbreaking ending to the album. Unfortunately that's life, and who knows why they disbanded, or what they are up to now. I hope that one day people will recognize their genius. This is for me one of the best prog albums ever, even if not 100% strict prog all the way, it's prog enough. I do not agree with the other reviewer, who mentions LOS JAIVAS as something similar to this. They are completely different harmonically. Moreover, Eternidad does not make much use of Amerindian or African-influenced rhythms, their style is quite different, much more influenced by Western music. Of course, if you are interested in folksy prog in general there is a chance that you will like both bands. But I think that HORIZONTE has more to do with it. YES fans should really enjoy this, if they enjoy acoustic music too, simply because Eternidad's seem to have drawn from the same sources as the British giants. Also fans of the later OS MUTANTES (from "O A e o Z"), and actually BEATLES fans too, because of Eternidad's aforementioned Beatlesque harmonies at times. Fans of RPI bands such as PFM might also find this quite pleasing.
rsinatra | 5/5 |


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