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Popol Vuh



4.16 | 353 ratings

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4 stars Incorporating instruments and influences from folk, classical, and both Eastern and Western musical traditions, the overall feel of the music of Hosianna Mantra has the reverent feel of an Alice or John Coltrane album. Expressing peace and cosmic connectivity in a mostly-gentle and almost ecclesiastical way with its piano, zither, acoustic guitars, and angelic female vocals, there are also buildups and releases of orgiastic frenzy ("Kyrie" and "Hosianna - Mantra") thanks to the electric guitar and woodwinds. Listening to Popul Vuh is, to me, more of a spiritual-meditative experience than an adventure into rock and roll or progressive rock music--especially as there are no drums and an almost chamber or stripped down church orchestral feel to the music. One feels bathed, cleansed, and absolved of Earthly dross as a benefit from listening to this music--as if you've gone to confession or done penance. Beautiful, uplifting music. (Not sure if it's prog, but, here we are!)

A magical, majestic album that may be perfect in its effect if not its intent. Rated down purely for its questionable inclusion in the grungier domains of prog rock. this album might be paired up better with the ambient works of Brian Eno and/or Harold Budd.

BrufordFreak | 4/5 |


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