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4 stars Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra is a cross\metal front rock band from Israel. The core is Yossi Sassi, and he is a founding member of Orphaned Land, a famous Israeli gold group. As his personal band name suggests, like Orphaned Land, his music is full of elements of oriental music. It can be said that the oriental fusion of Western music, rock and roll fusion of world music, the combination of traditional ballads and roaring rock, is It is recognized and well known by the world. As a composer and musician himself, he has been active for more than 20 years, but he did not publish his personal first post until 2012. This year's Illusion Of Choice is his fourth album, and this year Orphaned Land also released The new school is also good, I also commented on it before. The theme of his album is our choice. Yossi Sassi said that our individual differences originate from our choices. The importance of choice goes beyond our gender and skin color. We choose our own path of life. In his view, there is a certain balance between destiny and individual freedom. In the past, human choices were few and they were often controlled by God, the king, and the family. But now we can follow our own ideas to some extent. But why is the album title "the illusion of choice"? He explained that many of our choices are clearly derived from our past experience and genetic commands, but we take it as our own free will. Especially in the current era of the Internet, we seem to make choices ourselves. We actually rely on codes and algorithms for us to present. This is a profound sense of control. Our choice is always wrong. This is a very avant-garde concept! Actually combined with free will, advanced chemistry, and modern media studies, although the album is relatively short, only 37 minutes, it seems difficult to carry such a grand and complicated theme, but I can still see the album with the time I am still very excited ! Musically speaking, it is still characterized by folk music combined with rock, but the proportion of orchestral music has increased. After all, the team name also includes "The Oriental Rock Orchestra". The chorus part is also very interesting. As a musician who will play 17 kinds of guitars, Yossi Sassi gave us a feast of melody and instrumental music. The mandala, flute, cello, and fiddle took turns, and there were beautiful female voices. After all, it was such an active and experienced musician. Everyone was willing to help him. Finish the work. Finally he did not forget to remind us of Go Make Your Choice. Obviously this is a very good album, beautiful, delicate, mysterious and ambitious. I think it is better than Orphaned Land's new specialization this year, but it is so interesting. The theme was only presented with 37 minutes of music. It was not enough and it lacked epic works. There were also too many Oriental music, which caused some repetition with the previous music style. Therefore, giving a four-star evaluation should be a fair one. It is worth noting that in the bandcamp, he also released two Bonus, one is the rock version of the theme song (Yossi Sassi replaced the female voice), one is a ten-minute improvisation, I think it is a good addition.
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