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THE MEANING

Rivendel

Neo-Prog


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4 stars Continuing with the tradition of good Prog from northern Spain, Rivendel affirms with the Meaning the good taste of Spanish prerformers of continuing with the tradition of the classical prog bands that exploded with sound the underground prog scene of the 70's. Very tasteful small peieces of music tightned together to form a unified and unique long piece sung in three different languages. Good deep voice of Ana Loreto, in la Telaraña, the rythmic section is very precise, Toño Cruz's guitar is almost everywhere, but what makes the record delightful is Josemari's bass and wind work. too bad there hasn't been a release lately which Would Confirm Rivendel's quality.For anyone who apreciates Spanish Prog, if you liked Crack or Galadriel you should get this one. Congratulation to Roman who designed the cover: just unfolded the cover and glued it to my wall.
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5 stars This album is really good, a better effort that their first one "Manifesto". The three long songs are divided into many different parts. The three suits are quite different, even each one of them are sung in a different language. First one, "La Telarana" is sung in spanish and it's a very lyrical song, with a lot of 12-string, flutes and oboes (or something alike). It remains classic RPI (italian progressive), because of some mediterranian feel. There is also a soprano-like guest voice. It sound beautiful and original. Vey symphonic. The second suite "The Meaning" that gaves tittle to the álbum seems the centerpiece of the álbum. It's the longest one. Every part is different. Guitar based parts follow keyboard based ones and sometimes in between there's is some nice vocal parts. A great opus. The final piece "L'Art Brut" is te shortest one. It's sung in french (?!) and it's the most bizarre song in this album. It seems it's about crazy artista and it's sounds like is! Also a very interesting piece of music. By far, the best Rivendel album in the 90's. I wonder why did they stopped because there is a feeling like if a third effort could have been even better.
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