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A DROP OF LIGHT

All Traps On Earth

 

Symphonic Prog

4.44 | 330 ratings

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ZappaBowie
3 stars Arrangements well though out albeit a bit unsophisticated and stark in certain cliche ways. In many ways this music is a parody of itself with its machine-like wandering and familiar voicings and textures. If you love this kind of stuff you will find it highly enjoyable because it is very well done. But it is mining old ground and such herky-jerky asymmetrical play is soon intellectually boring unless the arrangement does something dramatic, especially in terms of density and texture. Its really a form of what I call Progzak, doing all the sort of instrumental proggy things without much sense of overall structure other than certain head banging jaunt thru whatever-feels-good-changes.

The quiet sections are by far the most interesting and I'd like to hear whole pieces developed out of these. There is definitely a gift here. Some nice sounds at times and overall a clear moodiness that makes one think of cold northern landscapes. But then when the drums and big textures return I feel a bit slapped around.

Well recorded and easy to listen to if you can dig it. Some of the quiet sections deserve 4 stars.

ZappaBowie | 3/5 |

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