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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.73 | 45 ratings

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Cesar Inca
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4 stars Iconoclasta's second album 'Reminiscencias' is most certainly a must, with the repertoire reaching artistic perfection in so many passages all throughout the album. The fivesome follow in the footsteps of their previous effort, if only emphasizing the symphonic aspect quite a bit. This approach makes sense since it is a concept disc, centered on the evolution of techonology and its subsequent determining role in the degradation of the environment: the goal is to articulate a whole repertoire with the pomp and circumstance usually required in cases such as this. 'La Gestación de Nuestro Mundo' serves as a tasteful intro, with a very inspired Rosa Moreno majestically leading the theme on grand piano. Track 2 sounds like 'The Geese and the Ghost'-meets-'In that Quiet Earth': it's a mixture of atmospheric synths, folky acoustic guitar chord progressions, and electric lead guitar textures, working effectively upon a laid-back rhythm section that at times borders subtly on jazz-fusion. On the other hand, track 3 shows Iconocasta at their most fiery: the bombast that fills every pore of this track sets the perfect ambience for the alternate guitar and organ solos, giving the listener the impression that the guys of ELP entered momentarilly into the ranks of Yes to play some lost track from the 'Relayer' sessions. Fantastic as is is bombastic, this track makes an impressive sonic portrait of modern society's frenzy. The seven part suite 'Reminiscencias de un Mundo sin Futuro' manages to comprise the different moods conveyed respectively in each one of the previous tracks all through its 17- minute duration, making it a perfect compendium of the whole album as a unit. Despite the little presence of vocals (there's a chorale section somewhere), the listener may notice a certain dramatism in the compositions contained in the suite, which is no surprise given the apocalyptical nature of its subject. Almost perfect... if not perfect, so here comes my diagnose: "an excellent item that should be part of any prog collection".

(Review dedicated to my Mexican brothers Alfredo Tapia and Martín Hernández)

Cesar Inca | 4/5 |


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