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Vangelis - 1492 - Conquest Of Paradise (OST) CD (album) cover




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4 stars I have reviewed quite a bunch of Vangelis albums so far and I have to say that since "Soil Festivities" I was not really pleased with his works (even if I rated "Direct" with three stars).

This album is a kind of rebirth with the bombastic ambiances of previous glory ("Chariot Of Fire") and the main theme is of course a tremendous piece of music. The music displayed in this album is of course well known by each of us who likes some stylistic motion picture (as I am).

This album is of course not reaching the heights of "La Fęte Sauvage" or "Antartica" but it features some fine prog moments to be sure ("Delivrance"). The (over) use of choir is maybe too much but even if I am not the most inclined to the style, I am not its worst enemy either.

I am VERY interested in the historical theme of this movie, although I don't share the original Spanish views of the new continent. As such, I have an emotional feeling about the soundtrack as well. Of course, this is not a masterpiece but a good piece of music. I would suggest you to watch the movie while listening to the music if you can.

One of the highlights is the Bolero type track: "Eternity": it develops a phenomenal and powerful choir aspect as well as a fantastic and bombastic passage. It might be considered as pompous but my perception is just that it is one of the best pieces out there. The same sort of hypnotic vision can be experienced during "Hispanola".

"Twenty Eight Parallel" features some great melodies of the past and the combo is quite enjoyable. If you would like to enter into Vangelis music, this album is a good opportunity. For a more in-depth description, you can grab any of my previous reviews of the man.

The long and maritime closing track which is naming the three boats that were leading Columbus on the new continent and which will end up into the massacre of a whole civilization. I will never endorse this "Spanish grandeur". Pero estoy hablando con mi corazón.

Four stars. This is a good Vangelis album for sure.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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