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Crossover Prog

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4 stars Gazpacho - Missa Atropos (8/10)

So teamwork is not always a good idea. This album had everything to be a groundbreak, a great concept, great themes but you go throug it with a feeling that something is missing, that it lacks an important piece and, in fact, there's a bitter aftertaste since the lyrics are very strong and the music just don't do justice to it.

The album starts with a good intro, not too long and one of the few "intro" parts that really introduce you to the main themes of the album. When the collage of sounds is over vocals and drums attack our ears with my favorite track "Defense mechanism". This is the most cohesive song in the album in therms of music and lyrics, and, although it's quite "prog" there's no solo here, the emphasys is on the collective, and it works really fine. So after a killer track the mood goes down with "I was never here" and "Snails" more pop oriented with catchy choruses and harmonies. "River" is another song that just don't make it, followed by the moody (and quite filler too) "Missa atropus" and by then it looks like the initial impact of the album is gone, altought the lenghty songs like "Splendid isolation" and "Vera" gives us great moments. The "action" on the album is on those most lenghty tracks, the shorter are quite moody and concept oriented.

The concept itself it really touched me, and i don't want to spoil the surprise, but it's an interisting tale of isolation and loneliness, highly inspired by american transcendentalists like Emerson, Thoreau, and even the postmodern Paul Auster. So the judgment is: too much teamwork and focus on the concept don't make it without memorable moments and it realy lacks here giving us the promisse that soon we'll hear their masterpiece.

PostIndian | 4/5 |


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