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Symphonic Prog

4.11 | 106 ratings

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3 stars 'Reviure' is one of the few progressive rock albums from the latter 70s that can distract some words of praise from me. The main reason is that it maintains some of that rocking edge of the early 70s prog. In fact - and maybe it's due to the Spanish language - this recalls very much the 1972 RPI spirit, in particular bands like Il Balletto Di Bronzo or Osanna.

But that doesn't mean all is good. First of all the songwriting is never outstanding, or at least, I can't find much to distinguish one track from the next, the sparse vocals are weak in execution and also lack anything resembling a hook or decent melody. Sure, this ain't Genesis or Yes, despite the great rhythm section which closely resembles the Bruford-Squire tandem of old.

The musicianship is good, although I might have preferred the ELP-inspired synths to be lower in the mix. This would have brought the much more palatable bass and drums to the fore. Admitted, I like Prog mainly for the usually outstanding drums and bass parts. Still 3.5 stars, more for people that like keyboard-dominated Progressive Rock.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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