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NEO WAY

Amarok

 

Crossover Prog

2.53 | 11 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars This second album from ''Amarok'' is definitively not a great one.

The opening track ''Dajenu'' is setting the pace: what we'll get here is true world music, no more. And actually, it might even be one of the best track available since some poor music has to be endured as well (''Up Hill''). A sub, sub-par ''Dire Straits'' tune with country & Western orientation. Press next of course.

To tell you that one of the best moment here is the short (just short of ninety seconds) ''Two Faces'' says enough about this album.

I am not willing to be destructive but I have to be honest here (as usual in my reviews actually). There are hardly one great or interesting track included on this album. No pop, very little prog, scarce good music to browse you the global picture.

As far as I am concerned, this album has so little to do with the prog scene and I am really surprised to have it featured here. The instrumental ''On The Road'' sounds like a ''Shadow'' tune. But recorded some forty years later.

I wouldn't qualify this album essential for your prog ears. On the contrary: two stars seems a logical end to my ears. Here and there some classic feel are nice, indeed. But ''Fifth Mount'' can't compete with ''Firth of.''. Even if it is my fave little piece here. Some kind of healthy breath in this ocean of average music.

The nadir of this album being of course the poor ''Hope''. A strange title indeed. Believe me: there is not a sight of hope while listening to this sort of music.

So now, you should be ready for the epic of this work. Almost half an hour of music with little coordination. Spacey and interesting music for a while ''Neo Way I'', which is followed by a dreadful funk/house style second part that is really difficult to absorb.

During some very short moment, one might compare this epic track with some Oldfield work like the fourth movement, but to tell you my truth, it is really shy of the work of this giant musician. But this is only how I feel.Still: it is by far one of the best parts of this album.

In all, this ''Neo Way'' is a poor Oldfield attempt to write an epic. And it didn't succeed as far as I'm concerned.

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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