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CAIRO

Cairo

 

Symphonic Prog

3.39 | 86 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars "Cairo" is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by US, San Francisco based progressive rock act Cairo. The album was released through Magna Carta Records in 1994.

The music on the 6 track, 53:39 minutes long album is progressive rock in the keyboard/synth heavy neo progressive vein. The neo element is mostly due to the choice of "artificial" synth sounds and the sometimes AOR influenced vocals/vocal lines. Thereīs also an obvious Yes influence in the way the band use harmony vocals and also a few nods toward Emerson, Lake & Palmer in the keyboard playing (a semi-classical element). The tracks are generally quite long (except for "Conception", which is an intro type track). The longest being "Ruins At Avalon's Gate", which clocks in at 22:35 minutes.

The band are really well playing and the vocals are convincing too. Unfortunately the songwriting and the sound production drag the quality of the album slightly down. The songwriting is decent enough, but the material on the album are for the most part not that memorable or original for that matter. Regarding the latter mentioned issue, the sound production is a bit weak. The rythm section is way too low in the mix and are at times almost drowned in synths, vocals and lead guitars. The lead guitars are as mentioned high enough in the mix but the rythm guitar suffers the same unfortunate destiny as the drums and the bass, so itīs safe to say the sound production leaves me unimpressed.

...still "Cairo" isnīt a bad release. To my ears itīs just a bit mediocre compared to the vast amount of releases in the same vein available on the market. A 3 star (60%) rating isnīt all wrong.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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