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Little Tragedies


Symphonic Prog

3.83 | 51 ratings

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4 stars I fully agree with colleague Collaborator Erik Neuteboom who said that this album is amazing. That's the same reaction I experienced when I played it for the first time especially with its first track "Dreams I" (5:59) which has intense multi-layered keyboard drive throughout the song. The opening part is an ambient nuance with exploration of keyboard effects plus guitar. The music then flows nicely with punctuated keyboard sounds followed by nice Russian singing. The next track "After Death" (8:58) brings the music in more dynamic way on keyboard as well as drumming. You might say that this is an ELP or Keith Emerson keyboard-driven exercise but you might also say that this is when ELP plays progressive metal. It's merely due to the nature by which the pulsating keyboard is accompanied by fast speed music that moves the music in complex and even technical experimentations.

"Credo" (12:57) reminds me to ELP's "Fanfare for The Common Man" in faster tempo. Throughout the track you can find full nuances of ELP music even though the sound is much more modern and the drumming is not as dynamic as Carl Palmer. Approaching mid of the track the tempo of the track slows down followed with vocal line. This time I can sense the music is similar to CAST (Mexico). "In the Deserted House" (4:33) is mellow in nature. However, the keyboard makes the music quite dynamic especially when it's combined with energetic singing. This track requires no drumming and it has intense symphonic vein. "Games" (6:23) is another excellent track with powerful singing and solid composition. The rest of tracks are also excellent.

Overall, the music of Little Tragedies is quite varies in styles and complex in structure / arrangements. I would consider this as an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Keep on proggin'..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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