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FREAK

Alejandro Matos

 

Crossover Prog

3.67 | 16 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Freak is Argentinian Alejandro Matosīs fourth and, at time of writing, most recent release. Although the songwriting here is quite similar to his previous one, Persona, I tend to like this one more, maybe because the songwriting has developed a bit, maybe is his vocal delivering is stronger (even though I still think that a more powerful and versatile singer would do wonders to his music). As usual, he plays all the basic instruments (guitars, keys, bass and programmed the drums), but unlike Persona, this time we have somes guests, most notably violinist Veronica Marjbein. Sometimes the atmosphere reminds me of some Arenaīs darkest and slower songs.

As a instrumental unit Freak is impeccable: Matos is a superb guitar player and also does a great job on bass and keys. He is an outstanding songwriter. I liked the acoustic guitar parts on this album (something almost nonexistent on Persona). But have in mind that this is no background music in any way. Freak demands great atention and if you donīt youīll probably miss some very interesting, subtle and intricated parts that make this 70 minute album something so unique. Quite dark, ok, but still very good, with some strong lyrics written and sung in spanish (an english translation on the boolket would be a good idea if this CD gets released in Europe, Japan or even the USA). Those words are much too good to be lost in translation. (or lack of it)

The production (again done by Matos himself) is quite good, with all the instruments very well balanced and clear. And again the only reason I donīt give this CD a four star rating (or even higher) is the rather underpowered vocals. For some reason I get the image that a strong female singer handling the vocal duties would make it a real masterpiece. Matos has an ok voice, and his interpretations are good, but they are also clearly no match for what he does instrumentaly and not nearly what his music (and lyrics) demand. At least in my opinion. Still is a dense and important work that should not go unnoticed. Letīs see what he will do in the near future. He is quite promising and I would not be surprise if he comes up with another fine work soon. For now, 3,5 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |

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