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3.99 | 73 ratings

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5 stars Is it really possible to make original, inspired and complex prog nowadays? Answer : YES. I've been searching for the answer during years. So many bands only copy the 70's or just don't go far enough in the domain of composition. So many bands pretends to be prog but just use the old vocabulary established by the giants from the seventies.

Yugen is a band that understood the most important things : i) the term prog means progressive in terms of advancement of the music ii) music cannot exist without emotions (technical skills must be used for real compositions) iii) the world has changed since the 70's. The Compositor is Francesco Zago (guitar) : his compostions should be described as chamber music mixed with prog rock grooves and superb keyboards an guitar arpeges a la steve reich. The palette of coulours developped by the instruments seems infinite. The complexity of the compositions is simply outstanding some pieces are oubviously rythmically composed but parts are harmonically improvies on serial music modes. The presence of Dave Kerman is a gage of quality. Fans of Bartok, Univers zero, Art Zoyd, Steve Reich and King Crimson will more than appreciate!

But classic prog listeners too, because touching moments with typical italian touches a la Picchio dal Pozzo, classical piano moments and mellotron leaded symphonic parts! This album is a masterpiece of Modern prog throwing bridges between old and new generations and making the prog music progressing! A MUST!

pwawrzyn | 5/5 |


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