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STRATA

Opus Avantra

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.76 | 23 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars A very difficult album to form an opinion, worthy a review, on.

"The beauty and the beast" is an old cliche we writers sometimes grab hold of when we have run out of both imaginations and rope. In this case; that cliche really describes this album.

So let me start with the beauty. That's Donella Del Monaco's truly excellent operatic vocals. She is using them to great effects on some psalms songs. They are truly superb songs (I have mislaid the CD booklet at home so I do not have their names).

The beast...... Well, that is the not so cleverly made dissonant avant-garde bits here. I am happy to listen to avant-garde music. But in this case; these songs does not sound coherent and as dynamic as truly good avant-garde music has. It seems more like the extras to Donella Del Monaco's vocals and hastily made/written/recorded.

In short; Strata is an incoherent album which is saved by Donella Del Monaco and her efforts. That and some good pieces of other music too inbetween the not so clever other half of this album.

Strata is by no means a masterpiece or even a great album. But it is still a good album and worthy further investigations.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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