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VIAJERO ASTRAL - LIVE IN BRAZIL

Jaime Rosas

 

Symphonic Prog

4.00 | 7 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars If you are into ELP and Dream Theater, please take a note of this band and album.

I got this live album ages ago and I have just ordered two (out of total three) studio albums. I therefore do not know how this band really sounds like. Live albums sometimes tends to distort the full picture (of a band). The band tends to give full speed and the more lyrical themes is wiped out on a live album. I do not know if this is the case for Jaimie Rosas Cuarteto. Only the studio albums will give me that answer. But this live album is pretty lively.

ELP and in particular; Keith Emerson tends to be often mentioned in combo with this band. This is why I am a bit sceptical to this live album and gave the warning above. The reason is that the band sounds much more like Dream Theater than ELP on this live album. Maybe this is because the adrenaline is flowing and the new guitarist in the band is on a John Petrucci trip. This live album is very much a shared effort between the guitars and the keyboards. That is the strenght of this album.

The vocalist is not bad, but still the weakest point in Jaimie Rosas Cuarteto. But he is still acceptable on an album which is so keyboards and guitars driven.

The sound is also a mix of Dream Theater, neo prog and some ELP. Jaimie Rosas is a dedicated Keith Emerson follower (if the biography is to be believed) and he sometimes throw in some ELP influenced solos. But I would also mention Rick Wakeman as a good influence on Jaimie Rosas. His pedigree is excellent, his work is flawless and Jaimie Rosas should be regarded as one of the best keyboard and tangent player in today's prog rock scene.

The quality of the songs here range from good to excellent. There is a lot here to feel euphoric about. There are a couple of ballads which could had been omitted from this live album because they depends on the pretty weak vocalist. But the instrumental parts of this album is just a joy and utter joy. This album is more Dream Theater than ELP. But it is still an album symphonic prog fans would enjoy. My name can now be added to Jaimie Rosas Cuarteto's Appreciation Society.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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