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2 stars Bacamarte created a lovely oasis of good progressive rock music in the desert of dreadfulness that was the 1980s. While I don't feel this is nearly the masterpiece it is heralded as, there are several good pieces, and there's an awful lot to love. However, I must say the music is disjointed and difficult to grab hold of. The electric guitar tone also leaves a lot to be desired, especially for a 1983 release. Also, while the feminine vocals are lovely, they seem too loud in several areas (the same can be said for the synthesizer leads throughout).

"UFO" A solo classical guitar workout opens the album, giving way to what I would consider Brazilian Genesis music with some Baroque flavors.

"Smog Alado" Thick, warbling bass grooves underneath some breathy flute and flat-sounding guitar. Airy organ and synthesizer provide the backdrop for duller guitar swells that conclude the piece in a magnificent way.

"Miragem" The main guitar and bass riffs dance around chords, as the former sounds like the musical equivalent of an elusive housefly. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album because of that.

"Pássaro De Luz" Lively classical guitar dances underneath the soaring female vocals.

"Caño" Here is a somewhat disjointed track at first, with spurts of bass and accordion that eventually mold into dramatic, long chords for a time, before charging ahead into a very good, but very short, instrumental.

"Último Entardecer" The lengthiest track has a fairly simple acoustic guitar chord progression that gives way to piano, then synthesizer, as the powerful singer enters. The synthesizer lead is not so much a solo as it is a repetitive theme. After frenetic business (reminiscent of "Sound Chaser" by Yes), things calm down as the singer breathes new life into an already lively piece of music. A classical guitar interlude, punctuated by bursts from the rest of the band, introduce the next segment. Overall, it's a difficult piece to follow, but well worth the effort.

"Controvérsia" If "Five Per Cent for Nothing" lasted four times as long, this is what it would sound like- two minutes of almost goofy randomness.

"Depois Do Fim" After a boisterous synthesizer introduction, bass and acoustic guitar sway underneath the vocalist. I don't care as much for her performance here. However, this track contains some of the tightest instrumental work from this band, particularly from the guitarist and bassist.

"Mirante Das Estrelas" Bacamarte would have done well to have ended their album with the previous track. Instead, they peculiarly chose to end with this outlandishly eccentric track that unfortunately sounds like the goofy progressive music created in the 1980s. The drums sound like loops from a cheap Casio keyboard.

Epignosis | 2/5 |


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