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10,000 ANOS DEPOIS ENTRE VENUS E MARTE

José Cid

 

Symphonic Prog

4.25 | 128 ratings

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AdamHearst
4 stars I've never heard Jose Cid's Pop music, and i'm afraid to try it... i don't want anything to taint my perception of this great album.

The songs have a floating, slow-motion atmosphere and a dream-like feeling similar to Eloy's 'Ocean'... but Cid's vocals are much better. The sound is somewhat comparable to Pink Floyd at times as well. Cid's synth overload dominates every track... stacks and stacks of Moogs, Mellotron, Arps and 'who knows what else' are heavily multi-tracked and layered until they create a true synthetic symphony.

The rhythm section is very good, and reserved... they simply lay back in the pocket and let Cid's voice and synth playing take the spotlight. Zé Nabo's bass in particular is very tight and often bathed in a beautiful shimmery chorus effect.

The spacey opener 'O Ultimo Dia Terra' is the highlight of the album... even at only 4 and a half minutes it creates a vast epic atmosphere. The main vocal melody is beautiful and compelling... and when a Mellotron choir join in with him it's an absolutely magical and ethereal moment. This is a rare perfect song; Jose Cid's masterstroke.

'O Caos' loses the magic, but only momentarily... i feel this song is the one misstep on the album. There are some disco-beat sections that make me cringe, while the rest is a failed up-tempo rock song featuring a downright ugly sounding distorted guitar riff... just bad. There is a decent quiet section about 4 minutes in, but not enough to save this song... this is the lowpoint.

The remainder of the album is stellar: 'Mellotron O Planeta Fantastico' has some excellent Eloyian guitar parts and fiery Moog solos. 'Fuga Para O Espaco', and it's reprise 'Memos', are more Floydian and remind me A LOT of 'The Great Gig in the Sky', especially the wordless shrieking vocals on Memos.

'A Partir Do Zero' is the second best song on the album and contains some of the greatest (and most memorable) Moog parts i've ever heard... this is such a brilliant and unique composition that it's really indescribable. Like 'O Ultimo Dia Terra' this song is very short, but every second is perfect and paints an immense lasting image of drifting in deep space.

10,000 Anos Depois Entre Venu E Marte is a remarkable album, and has only one lesser song keeping it from being a 5-star masterpiece. I think any Space Rock fan could easily get into this, and most Symphonic Prog fans could as well.

AdamHearst | 4/5 |

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