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Velislav Ivanov - Pogledot  Na Szercatleya (Погледът на съзерцателя) CD (album) cover

POGLEDOT NA SZERCATLEYA (Погледът на съзерцателя)

Velislav Ivanov



3.11 | 7 ratings

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Andy Webb
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2 stars The language of music

Velislav Ivanov is a young Bulgarian neo-progressive rock artist. The man, who's been making albums since he was 18, has an interesting style, full of mellow, atmospheric lines of lush orchestral progressive music. Of course the man is not proficient in every instrument, and relies heavily on programming to implement his various instrumental lines. Sadly, these often are MIDI programmed, and not the more "realistic" type, but straight from Microsoft Wavesynth kind of MIDI voices, which give much of the music a very cheesy and unprofessional feel. Although the music itself is a nice show of mastery over melody and a nice display of compositional prowess, but overall the album has a cheesier, more "hobby" like album, without the intent to make a true work of art.

One I thing I like about all international albums in different languages is that music is truly the universal language. Despite the fact that I have no idea what the album title of song titles mean (without the help of Google Translate), I can still feel the emotion, understand what is being played, and know what notes, melodies, rhythms and other musical nonsense. I don't understand the lyrics, but can still interpret the gentle melodies and atmospheres surrounding them. Although the whole atmosphere surrounding the music to me is too ambient and slow for my tastes, one can see the nice compositional treats thrown into the music, making a more credible piece of music.

Although I am not keen of the horribly cheesy programming, the overall album is adequate. This type of atmospheric neo prog is not exactly my cup of tea, but the music is overall decent. The young man has shown his comprehension of melody, music, and the overall art of composing music. Although it's not the greatest thing ever recorded, it's also not "bad," per se, although some sections are almost inaudible because the melodies are so damn mellow and gentle. I the end, I think the album is recommended for only those who like atmospheric, gentle neo prog, and not many other groups. 2+ stars.

Andy Webb | 2/5 |


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