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3.71 | 59 ratings

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2 stars A dense dance

This multi-national band with among others British and Belgian members released three albums in the first half of the 70's. I didn't know anything about them until recently when I was quite impressed with their third album, Last Tango. This previous album, however, is a far less enjoyable experience for me. While Last Tango was varied and memorable, Danse Macabre is far more dense and impenetrable and does not leave any lasting impression on me. There are no songs here like Painted Lady or the title track from Last Tango. Those more melodic songs brought an appealing diversity to that album that is wholly absent here.

The piano and keyboard work is very similar to that of Keith Emerson and there is a lot of in the opening track, The Journey. The violin work, on the other hand, reminds me of The Mahavishnu Orchestra (Birds Of Fire). Esperanto relies heavily on violin, viola and cello in their sound rather than guitars. There are male and female vocals, but the vocals are not very much to the front - they function mostly as just another instrument. There is no doubt that the musicians involved here are skilled, but instrumental prowess is hardly a guarantee for great music.

Danse Macabre can be a difficult listen and I strongly recommend to start with the much better Last Tango before taking on Danse Macabre.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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