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ROCK PUZZLE

Atoll

 

Symphonic Prog

2.77 | 30 ratings

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Kazuhiro
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3 stars "Tertio" that Atoll had announced in 1977 was a work that pushed an enough element of the part and symphonic from which their music characters till then were refined out forward. Tours of them who had been done in October, 1977 were done by complete Set List selected from the work till then. The music character to establish the existence of the band enough might have received the high appraisal worldwide. The action that the existence of Didier Lockwood that had competed when performing including live in Paris is good for Atoll was given.

Men who acquire the establishment of the music character begin the production of the tune for "Rock Puzzle" in 1979. However, the revolution of the band is done through necessity by this album as for the route of legitimate symphonic that they were doing till then.

The music character of the band changes greatly by the intention of EURODISC by which they belonged at that time. Various opinions and the ideas of considering the part and the market where the shape established by "Tertio" was developed further acted on the band as a result of introducing the part of a music character at that time and the fashion. The market might have had the flow that the Dance music and Punk/New Wave carried everything before one as an age in the latter half of the 70's. Label demanded music to consider becoming popular from the music character that Atoll established it. Their Agent started appointing their tunes as music for the television at the stage of the production of the demonstration. In addition, the intention's of the company that had demanded the arrangement of Brass etc. symphonic giving a certain change to the music character till then as a result resulted.

It is likely to be able to enumerate it as a point that Atoll introduced the demanded element from label to some degree as the point that should make a special mention when talking about the content of this album. The part that splendidly unites the element demanded from the music character till then and reflected it in the tune can feel relations as their music characters. The point that has not compromised for the production of the tune at all though the route is changed will be felt that the intention and the zeal of this album are enough by me.

It is ..content that expands the extension of the Music character to establish and the refined sound further in ..this album.. "Tertio".. finished. The element of complete music like generally popular "L'Araignee-Mal" might be weak in this album. However, everywhere, the zeal of the member who spent on the album can also discover the part that grows up greatly in respect of the composition.

The band faced the secession of Andre Balzer and Jean-Luc Thillot as a result in 1980. And, the band aims at contact with John Wetton from parting with EURODISC for a further revolution. The song by John Wetton is collected to this album. However, the details were indeed short lives. The connection with John Wetton that had been done from the collapse of "UK" to "Asia" from now on will have been indeed a mixed picture for Atoll. When the content of "Rock Puzzle" is considered, I will be able to feel done performance and idea indeed good merge in the album pass of the music character till then and based on development. A lot of elements to consider the age and the market are certainly blocked in this album. However, the idea and the zeal that they spent for the production of the tune might be reflected enough in the tune. The borderline of Atoll is blocked in this album.

"L'age d'Or" might be a tune that follows the part that can be listened by "Tertio" of the refinement. Good Groove for the arrangement of Brass and the chorus twines. The development of a dash feeling and a complex rhythm is introduced and the tune progresses. The part of symphonic is considerably weak. However, it is possible to catch as one result of Atoll's taking the age and the idea well if it thinks from an opposite angle. Composition of tune and sound of keyboard. And, the atmosphere of the guitar might also leave the music character of Atoll enough. The composition intermittently developed is splendid. A grand theme and atmosphere express legitimate development enough.

"L'Ultime Rock" might be very straight Rock. The arrangement and the keyboard of Brass have acted unexpectedly well. Progressing the tune to which the forecast doesn't adhere is their tastes. The rhythm and the chorus who put fast and slow also contribute to the tune.

"Kaelka" starts from natural SE attended with the arpeggio of a beautiful guitar. The progress of complete Chord twines round a pastoral melody. A new element on which they worked is here. The originality of Atoll is completely blocked in making Chord.

"Smarto Kitschy" is a tune with a friendly melody and the dash feeling. Good atmosphere of Atoll has occurred from the melody of the song. It is a tune to introduce the melody and the chorus of obtaining very much. However, the composition introducing the rhythm of seven and toward the top will be able to feel the new wind that they make.

"Eau" starts attended with a grand melody. Fast and slow is put while uniting expression of feelings with intense feelings. The part of a beautiful ballade rushes into the part where feelings are intensely opened. The obbligati with a good piano contribution and keyboard raises the perfection of the tune. The arpeggio of an acoustic guitar has acted on the tune, too.

As for "Garces De Femmes", a glossy melody of the keyboard and the sound of the guitar are impressive. The music character to which this tune was done by "Tertio" might be followed. The sound of the chorus and the keyboard gets on the progress of good Chord. Development with an intermittent effect in the melody with expression of feelings twines. The originality of Chord might be a success in the arrangement concerning the composition of Atoll.

The element of symphonic that Atoll originally has in the melody with expression of feelings twines round "La Maison De Men-Taa" well. The element of Jazz Rock to listen with the part and 2nd Album of complete symphonic with diversity might be few in this album. However, the listener will be able to discover the effort to have tried to raise the perfection for music as for them. The work of the keyboard that produces the sound and the anacatesthesia with the extension has good atmosphere.

As for "Puzzle", I will be able to feel a new wind at the same time as completely showing the existence of their music characters. It is a tune with the composition developed with the melody with expression of feelings one after another. It might be the last legitimate light that they did in the 70's. Complete work of guitar and sound of keyboard that considers age. The idea of the music character that they have done before might be almost blocked in this tune. Chorus's atmosphere. And, Brass that doesn't obstruct the tune is arranged. Enchantment chorus advanced attended with dash feeling. It might be a tune where the music character of Atoll was splendidly expressed.

Studio Z Version of "L'Ultime Rock" is done at the stage of the demonstration. There might be atmosphere of feeling processed by the effect overall and a rough sound. However, the outline of the tune is already made at this time.

Studio Z Version of "Puzzle" is not so refined as a composition of the sound. However, the entire composition and the idea might already have been completed. The stage concerning work and the spent labor will be able to be compared compared with an original perfection. The work of the band that works with zeal to some degree though it is a stage of the demonstration gives a good impression.

"Atari,That's A Game" is a sound source that can do lyrics of "Smarto Kitschy" in place of English. It might be a sound source produced by the intention of Agent of the band. The composition of the original had been almost completed at this stage.

"Here Comes The Feeling" might be interesting if it listens compared with the sound source of "Asia". Complete individuality of John Wetton twines round the performance from which the refined sound of Atoll comes to the front.

The feature in "No Reply" is to develop to twining of the progress of peculiar Chord to the element of the tune that is reminiscent of "Asia". The overall glossy melody and exhilaration one feels are included. The introduction of a part of the transposition and a complex rhythm is suitable for the atmosphere of the tune. It is likely to have been made considering the route of John Wetton.

A little loose impression might be given though "Eye To Eye" is straight Rock as the composition of the tune. The part of a unique element and symphonic might be weak. However, the contact of Atoll and John Wetton will have been a temporary chemical reaction for the band.

This album might have been produced for Atoll as a content with unexpected directionality and the developing flow. However, the zeal that the band takes considering the age enough rules the atmosphere of the album.

Kazuhiro | 3/5 |

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