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AMAZINGOUS

Cheeto's Magazine

 

Crossover Prog

3.91 | 159 ratings

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rooteen
5 stars This is probably the happiest album I've ever heard.

Yes, that's saying a lot, but this whole album just radiates playfulness. They don't take themselves too seriously and it shows (in a great way). A lot of different sounds are sampled and the group is not afraid to experiment with untraditional sounds/vocals (such as muppet-type sounds in Chili Guillermo and Cheese Cheater).

This is one of those albums that EVERYBODY would like if they gave it a fair chance, even non-prog fans. It's so accessible yet incredibly complex.

The keyboardist on this album (Esteban Navarro) is spectacular. All of the sounds used, the transitions between them, and the virtuosity of the actual playing all shine through. If you are a fan of classic acts like Kansas, Yes, and ELP, you'll love the keyboard work on this album.

Every track fills its role perfectly.

Chili Guillermo - Catchy opener and starts the album off with a bang

Cheese Cheater - More technical and is probably the only song I have heard that draws so heavily on both metallic riffs and operatic vocals

Outflow - This is where the keyboards especially shine. Lots of different rhythms and sounds used, however, the best part is the trumpet interlude a few minutes in

Ready to Rumble - High energy, sounds like the intro to an anime

Close Your Eyes - A breath of fresh air, a ballad, but still keeps the attention

Scum - Killer instrumental. Probably the darkest/heaviest track on the album, though is not dark by any means

A.W.K.W.A.R.D. - Less than 4 minutes, but has so many different sounds and styles that I would (bear with me) consider it to be the shortest prog epic. This track segues into...

Big Boy - This big boy closes out the album with a 25-minute runtime, and happens to be the best track on the album. According to apple music, I've listened to this track 19 times in the last month and it's only gotten better. It's cohesive yet not repetitive, and really feels like it takes you on a journey. It's everything a prog epic should be. No filler anywhere

The best three tracks on this album (in my opinion) are Big Boy, Outflow, and Cheese Cheater, yet all eight of them are spectacular. This album, if given a fair chance, will change how you listen to music.

rooteen | 5/5 |

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