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PERSONA

Alejandro Matos

 

Crossover Prog

3.22 | 19 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Alejandro Matos is a multi-instrumentalist from Argentina who pretty much does it all here. Obviously very talented but I wish he had a real drummer on board. Regardless, this is a really good release, especially the second half of the album. Vocals are in Spanish and it's fairly heavy on the lyrics which isn't surprising considering it's a concept album.

"Dos Mil Anos De Terra" opens with guitar before it kicks in rather heavily with drums.The drums are relentless throughout as vocals and guitar come and go. I like it. It blends into "El Camino De La Mala Suerte" where it turns spacey quickly as the sounds pulse. Bass then vocals around a minute. Drums after 2 minutes. It's heavier a minute later. "La Plaza Equivocada" has a good beat with organ. Vocals join in quickly. Not a fan of this one. "La Justificacion De Los Nuevos Dientes" has an 80's vibe early then it kicks in around a minute with organ. A catchy tune. Some nice guitar before 2 minutes. "Pecado De Pecar" opens with drums and guitar as reserved vocals join in. Piano around a minute. "Guerra De Silencios" puts the focus on the vocals. Not a fan really. "Fracasos Bajo Fianza" opens with female spoken word samples as synths wash in the background. "Estatcuas De Agua" opens with vocals and a cool sounding guitar. Drums join in then it kicks in before 2 minutes. Some excellent guitar and organ here. Love the bass. My favourite tune so far. "Telefonos De Negro" is mostly strummed guitar and vocals. "Gritos De Manana" is slower paced wih vocals and spacey sounds. We get a jazzy section which I really like before it returns to the earlier sound.

"Dormir" is a top three. I just like the beat with drums and those spacey sounds in the background. Vocals after a minute. Great sounding tune. "Las Buenas Razones Del Error" opens with organ as a beat with guitar joins in. Vocals too. It's fuller 1 1/2 minutes in then it settles back. "Maldita Persona" is different with those repetitive bass lines as vocals and guitar join in. It kicks in after a minute with drums pounding to the end. "Dos Mil Anos Menos" opens with a beat and piano.Vocals join in. A calm 2 minutes in then it kicks back in. Tasteful guitar before 4 minutes goes on and on. Nice.

I'm impressed. Parts of this album are excellent while others are not that great. So a little inconsistant, but it makes me look forward to the followup which is supposed to be even better.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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