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4 stars Excellent album in Italian Symphonic Progressive style!

One and only album by Argentine progressive rock band AGNUS is a rarely known little gem within the rich South American prog scene. They used to have a close relationship to great and more famous band MIA and although their compositions might be a bit less intricate than MIA's ones I think they were really not inferior to them. As my fellow reviewer Marcelo stated already, their music was heavily influenced by 70's Italian Prog and maybe as well a bit by CAMEL. The album consists of four long compositions performed very well on guitar, keyboard and flute with occasional very beautiful vocals (male and female) quite often in a pastoral vein.

XXI Century is built around a very nice flute motif with awesome guitar and flute interplay and many shifts between themes. The pastoral sounding female choir is fitting perfectly to the music and delivers a touch of Renaissance era. Flute is obviously the dominating instrument on this record together with guitar as the title track Paintings And Expressions is demonstrating. As already the opener this one is as well a terrific one. The only slight criticism that might be put on this album actually is that the rhythmic work is not very versatile but the otherwise high skill shown by guitarists Archie Basílico and Luis Sáez and flautists Cecilia Glariá and Laura Fazzio let this minor flaw be forgotten immediately. I'd like to mention as well that the vocals provided by eight members all together are very pleasant and beautiful. Born The Day has some more heavy sections but contrasted very well by pastoral choirs in between. Again an awesome guitar playing here (sorry that I've to repeat myself, I can't say it often enough) and for the first time the drummer moves more into the focus with quite a good solo. The album closes with King's History which is a nice up-beat folksy tune played on flute, violin and acoustic guitar with beautiful vocal harmonies.


AGNUS' Pinturas y Expresiones is by no way a very original or innovative album and might be not an essential one seen from a general view. But nevertheless it's an excellent one and I'd like to recommend it to any lover of 70's symphonic rock in the Italian style. So like my two fellow reviewers I'm rating it as well with 4 stars!

hdfisch | 4/5 |


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