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Antonio Giacomin
2 stars BACAMARTE ? Depois do Fim

The best rated Brazilian progressive work, probably the best known and discussed. But IMHO, it IS overrated due to a lot of reasons. Many of them properly pointed by others reviewers, some others are related to some personal preferences. I do agree there is a lot of good music here, but the lack of some points which are very important to my own taste decreases the way I appreciate it. Letīs see these points in details below:

1 - The main problem for me here is the lack of a "story" for the band. It is completely opposed to what happened in efforts of bands like Tisaris (I pointed this out in Tisarisīs reviews). Depois do Fim is an album that doesnīt makes clear what it intends to say. This is not a concept album, but even when we donīt have a concept album, there must be a story to be told by the band. Even when I heard them live in the beginning of the eighties, I only saw a reunion of very good musicians performing well elaborated music, not more than that. Of course there was nothing in Brazil close to that, except "O Terįo", but even so it would be better if it didnīt sound so much like a gathering of best pieces of bandīs leader career.

2 ? There is a lack of a folkish approach here. Not like Los Jaivas, a superb Chilean band, or Marco Antonio Araújo (IMHO the best Brazilian progressive musician), there are no influences from local music here. For those who donīt know, Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) is very rich. The so called "Bossa Nova" achieved a great international acceptance mainly among jazz appreciators (although I do not consider Bossa Nova the highlight of Brazilian music). A good example of a jazzistic Bossa Nova influence can be identified in "The Music That Dies Alone", a superb album from "The Tangent". That is very clear in the song "The Canterbury Sequence". To better understand this point of view, just think about the richness that the kind of celtic folk approach took to Led Zeppelinīs music.

3 ? As it was commented by one of Progarchivesīs most enthusiastic collaborators, there are too many similarities in this album with Triunviratīs "Old Loves Die Hard". It could generate a great feeling of negativity towards "Depois do Fim"; but I do not consider it that way. It was common for Brazilian musicians at that time to pay this kind of tribute to their (our) idols. For us, fortunate listeners, it was like "-Look, that was Triumvirat ! What song is it?". So, I can understand why that piece of music was used. However, I also must realize it as a weakness in the album.

So, closing this review, I will grant two stars for this beautiful art work. I hope the specific reasons for my tough assessment were well explained. For sure, it is not my favorite progressive album from Brazil.

Antonio Giacomin | 2/5 |


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