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3.48 | 32 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Third outing for this Eastern US duo, and by its title, Animal Spirit, it indicates somewhat of a return to more earthly preoccupations, even if the propos is still aerial and mystic. It is rather ironic that their music being so aerial is illustrated by a mastodon of an animal, but I guess it's up to the listener to see if link there is.

The first two tracks are obviously linked and both confirm their respective title's subject musically by sounding much like some of the 70's giants, like Yes, Genesis, a tad of Floyd for the triumphant opener and Tangerine and Eloy for the follow-up. The next two tracks are again linked together by their titles and Earthly Powers return to lash symphonic prog ala Yes. The lengthy finale (better renamed Outlasting Time) is a slowly evolving tracks that hovers between Hawkwind, Ozric, Crimson, Tangerine Dream, and others that makes the whole thing rather exciting and hypnotizing, if it was not overstaying its welcome

While I've cited many names in this review, most from the 70's, Zombi's third album might be a tad derivative, but it is not a clone nor can it be called retro-prog either. Although I've not heard the second album, I must say that I've enjoyed both this one and the debut quite a bit. I've no idea whether this duo tours, but from listening to their music, IF they do, it is certainly not as a duo.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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