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4 stars You could call this one another concept album, although the conceptual nature here is less obvious than in other Vangelis' works like "The City", but still, this is another great one. The subject here is Chinese music, and Vangelis performs an excellent construction based in the mix between his synthesizer atmospheric trademark sounds with an Asiatic instrumental baseline. And the result is pretty good, of course.

This record has generated some Vangelis' classics like "Chung Kuo", a pulsating and magical instrumental work, "Himalaya" (another classic) or "The Tao of love", where you can see the beauty of Chinese music surrounded with electronic atmospheric textures. There are also other interesting pieces, like "Ying & Yang", which you might consider as a sister of "Himalaya", although more orientated through the Asiatic side than her homologue. There are also little pieces of charming beauty, like "Long March" or "The Dragon" (maybe a recall from his ancient album of the same name?)

So, again Vangelis demonstrates that he is one the best composers of the recent era, providing us with another magnificent musical experience, maybe a bit slow sometimes (a problem in most Vangelis' records) but still very, very enjoyable.

shyman | 4/5 |


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