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OVERGROUND MUSIC

After Crying

 

Symphonic Prog

4.10 | 120 ratings

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BrufordFreak
5 stars This is a debut album! I can think of few if any debut albums that have this kind of maturity of composition and performance (Hybris?) Too much is demerited for the heavily accented voices of the male vocalists--especially since one has a voice remarkable for its similarity to that of legend JOHN WETTON. Balance that with the virtuosic voice of female singer Judit Andrejszki, and the virtuosic play from all of the other instrumentalists but then add the fact that this music is deeply engaging, often amusing, and incredibly creative in its conception and I cannot conclude anything other than I am listening to the fully realized work of master music makers. If you disagree, then I challenge you: You try to perform it!

There is a valid issue raised with respect to this music's inclusion into the "rock" world: There are no guitars and very little bass-and-drum rhythm. But then, where does it belong? Jazz? Avant-garde? Post Rock? Neo-classical?

Favorite selections: the "Madrigal Love" series (22:02) especially the 11-minute "Shining" finale (10/10); the gorgeous piano playing and John Wetton voice stylings of "Confess Your Beauty" (6:53) (9/10), and; the Crimsonesque opener, "European Things" (8:28 (8/10).

Also, as a gift to the world in a period virtually bereft of quality symphonic "rock" music, this stands out. Brave, impassioned, and unusual. To this day. It is one for the ages. An inspiring reminder to those listening in 1990 (and listening still): "This is what music can do!!"

BrufordFreak | 5/5 |

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