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Tempus Fugit


Symphonic Prog

3.76 | 77 ratings

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3 stars Judging from the band's name, I thought the band would play a music in the vein of YES as one song under "Drama" album is titled as "Tempus Fugit". It's not really the case when I listened to the CD sometime dated back 1998. I think the band music is a blend of CAMEL, OZRIC TENTACLES, and neo prog styles like MARILLION or ARENA with a much ambient and spacey in styles. I enjoy listening to this album as it has many musical passages that explores either keyboard and guitar.

Enjoying this album is like having a journey of self contemplation. Yes, this kind of music is probably best suited for those who want to contemplate or self reflection. I imagine that it can be used as background during motivational workshops or the kind of that. Musically, the tracks are composed in a good arrangement and songwriting. It begins with Prologue (4:38) that contains some male narration at the opening part and heavy use of keyboard sound with spacey nuance. The music is floating with some inventive keyboard work in relatively slow tempo. The guitar solo inserts nicely and brings the song melody.

It flows naturally and smoothly to next track The City and The Crystal (7:05) where some classical piano touch is combined nicely with good guitar fills and guitar solo. The middle part explores the space nature of the music combined with piano touch at background augmented with smooth guitar play. It continues with almost the same style of music to The Goblin's Trail (7:18) but there is some touch of symphonic nuance presented here. This track has a touchy melody during opening part with some classical outfit. André Mello's keyboard style is somewhat similar to Clive Nolan of Arena / Pendragon.

War God (6:12) starts off with exploration of guitar work with symphonic nuance produced by keyboard sounds. Guitar fills that follow remind me to Marillion style. Bornera (10:37) brings the music into more uplifting mode with a combination of keyboard and guitar work maintaining the floating style. A Song For a Distant Land (7:02) has some flavor of jazz influence as well as classical music. While most tracks of this album are instrumental music, this one offers vocal line in mellow style reminiscent of CAMEL or PENDRAGOn or PALLAS. Princesa Vanessa (6:07) explores some acoustic guitar work combined with keyboard and piano with jazzy nuance followed with spacey style. The concluding track The Lord of a Thousand Tales (11:43) features vocal line of Andre Mello in a mellow style and spacey nuance.

Overall, it's a good album with good composition: arrangement and songwriting. If we listen to the album for three to four tracks it's a kind of joy. But more than four tracks is gonna be boring as there are not much variations in terms of styles and tempo. All tracks seem like the same, even though they are different. For those who love space music combined with neo prog, this album might be rewarding. Keep on proggin' ..!

Progressively yours,


Gatot | 3/5 |


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