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DEPOIS DO FIM

Bacamarte

 

Symphonic Prog

4.34 | 610 ratings

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Shakespeare
3 stars I must admit that this little Brazillian record took me very long to absorb. It's odd for a prog fan to take so long to delve into music of this timbre. It's very symphonic, complex, catchy and by no means is it not accessible. I mean, for Christ's sake, it took me three times as long to enjoy this album than Trout Mask Replica. I kid you not. And I'm not pointing this out to show my artistic intake potency, to flaunt my elitist musical enjoyment standard. It's the truth, something about this great little album eluded me for so long. But now I've come to love it. Any big fan of symphonic music would likely take to Depois Do Fim much quicker than I, more of a Zeuhl/RIO/psych/Kraut disciple.

Strong arrangements, great melodies and motifs, and remarkable musicianship are the points of interest across Depois do Fim. Perhaps the only aspects missing are an engaging atmosphere and good production and sound quality. The prog formula is complete: it's progressive rock by the book. But, know, it's not without uniqueness. A South American flavour, and the acoustic guitars are a fresh touch. In fact, I find the dual track acoustic guitar duets the best parts of the album. The vocal work is very melodic and soothing, though somewhat scarce. The three-man rhythm section is superbly strong, and the melody-singers are no push-overs either. Mario can sure play! The only defect may be the keyboards which sometimes are too prominent, or feel unnatural or dated. The piano, on the other hand, is absolutely perfect.

But, as it most often is with music of this nature, the highlight and the emphasis is on the writing. Some truly phenomenal melodies span the entire album, and some really spirited guitar playing does nothing to hinder their effect. I can't claim to feel a uniquely personal bond to the album, but I can't deny the fabulous melodies here. After a couple listens, I'm sure anyone, of any musical walk of life would really enjoy this record, but maybe only the symphonic nuts will go bananas over it. By all objective means, it is a phenomenal masterpiece.

Shakespeare | 3/5 |

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