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PERSONA

Alejandro Matos

 

Crossover Prog

3.22 | 19 ratings

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jampa17
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3 stars Music meant to be heard. Another strong and pleasing effort by Matos.

Alejandro Matos is a great musician. His music is very stimulating, creative and original. This is the second album I've heard of him and I'm not really sure how to rate it, because it is better and worse at the same time than his album FREAK. What I'm sure is that I recommend this artist to any prog lover without hesitation. This music should be checked out by music lovers in general. Great stuff.

For starting, I can say that it's impressive to hear a complete album by a single musician and not feel that the album lack of creativity or depend too much on a particular instrument, like it happens most of the time. It's evident that Matos carefully put attention in all the instruments and even though the drums are evidently programmed, the result is very good, detailed and well worked. Same to say about bass, which really shares ideas; it's accurate and prominent as well. Keyboards set the mood and the guitars are the main instrument. Good decisions on the sound effects and distortions. It's evident that the musician took a lot of time on detail and that's great.

The music is dark but has a lot of different flavors, and is less plain that the album FREAK. The songs "Dos Mil Aņos de Tierra" and "La Plaza Equivocada" are really interesting, but in general all the songs are intense and dark and it's not difficult to get into the vibe of the album.

I found two weak points in the album: the first and more evident is the vocals. He is not a singer and the limitations of his vocals skills are evident, too evident. I like the dark style and the emphasis that made the music more personal but I know many people could complain about the limitation of his range and style. The other one is the sound of the drums. The performance is quite good but the sound is too fake, but this is upgraded in the album FREAK in which the drums have a very realistic sound.

These problems are not important enough to drag down a great album, professional and worked on detail. I do want to explore more about this artist and I strongly recommend it, especially to those who like Latin American prog rock. 3.5 stars, but growing. Give it a try.

jampa17 | 3/5 |

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