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AR4 [AKA: A. R. IV]

A.R. & Machines



4.00 | 66 ratings

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4 stars I hope that my rating of this albums as a more "traditional" one would not offend or impress anyone. indeed this album is one with less aparent experientation as would be for example Echo, with voice alteration and tape-loops. in here we see more modest forms of effects as a few oscillations on the guitar, organ alteration(of course...) and thats pretty much it. The tracks are more laid back, easy to listen, VS. the ambient influenced/directed tracks on the Echo album, wich we can still see traces of on the 23 min final track Aqua. this tracks are like those up-beat parts in the Echo album that its tracks eventually built up to.

The whole Vita cycle is just a perfect blend of the series of different instruments presented here, from the guitar to the flute, yes flute, to the cameos of an apparent whistle. It would be diminishing to call this cycle a jam, but at some points it does sound like this guys are having just a huge, perfect, the perfect jam. Like most of the "trance" like music the Kraut people play, this is a great example, using more than traditional intruments in a not much traditional way. The cycle just starts, keeps going and ends, they dont bother with those silly structures, they just play some really good music. I would amply recomend this album to any-one, not just prog-heads. this is a really easy-to-listen album full of good rock music. not so raunchy for those people who like their crazyness, you got to be patient friends.

Doobie | 4/5 |


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