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FREAK

Alejandro Matos

 

Crossover Prog

3.67 | 16 ratings

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3 stars Freak is the 4th full-length studio album by Argentinian artists Alejandro Matos. The album is an independently released affair.

The album is pretty long with its 70:53 minutes playing time distributed over 11 tracks, but Alejandro Matos manages to keep the listener entertained all the way through the album with his melancholic progressive rock. The songs are generally very vocal oriented and while I sadly miss the lyrical dimension of the album because the lyrics are in Spanish, Alejandro Matos provides emotional impact anyway. Just as the case was on Alejandro Matos last album Persona (2006), he plays all instruments and sings all vocals on the album. In addition to that he also produced the album. So this is another "true" one-man project. Thereīs some violin on the album which is courtesy of guest musician Veronica Marjbein though. The guitars and keyboards on the album are well played and thatīs obviously where Alejandro Matos has his forces. That and the at times intriguing songwriting. The rythm section is a bit more questionable. Thereīs nothing wrong with the things that are played, but especially the programmed drums seem a bit stiff IMO. Itīs exactly the same I felt when listening to Persona. A "real" drummer might have done the trick.

The production is good considering that Freak is a self-released affair.

Freak is another good album by Alejandro Matos and compared to Persona I think the positive development is obvious. Freak is a better written and more mature album and I think a 3.5 star rating is deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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