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SILENT RUNNING

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3.19 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Welcome to the circus (07:00)
2. L13 (04:08)
3. Credo (05:14)
4. The Acid Rain (10:26)
5. Bad Guys (07:10)
6. Silent Running (25:30)


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Line-up / Musicians


Pito Costa : keyboards, guitar, vocals, programming
Alex Warner : vocals
Juanjo Verdu : electric guitars
Ismael "Viru" Valero : guitar
Angel Lloberas : drums
Bubu King : acoustic guitars
Pep Pascual : baritone, tenor saxes
Albert Lleal, Sam Vitoulis : backing vocals

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PI2 Silent running ratings distribution


3.19
(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
50%
Good, but non-essential (14%)
14%
Collectors/fans only (7%)
7%
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)
7%

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Review by Epignosis
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
3 stars Silent Running is decent album in the neo-progressive rock tradition. One may expect some flashy keyboard work and professional guitar playing, but the one outstanding aspect of this album is the voice of the lead singer, which is rich and husky. The compositions range from memorable to dull (a hit or miss affair, really), but these guys sound very good, and now I am curious to hear their earlier works.

"Welcome to the Circus" After a cheering crowd and spoken word, a soft synthesizer and fatherly vocal take over. The singing is warm and heartfelt. The soloing, particularly the dazzling guitar, is fantastic, and exhibits the musicianship well.

"L13" Gentle electric piano, electric guitar, drums, and a delicate synthesizer lead begin the second piece. Both the guitar and keyboards get to open up in a more powerful way, but for the most part, the track retains an easy symphonic feeling. Unfortunately, this one is mostly nothing more than a string of instrumental solos.

"Credo" A distant choir appears, followed by a 1980s King Crimson bit, followed by electric guitar and organ being panned all over. The keyboard work is excellent, while the composition itself is a incoherent but somehow mature.

"The Acid Rain" Delicate tones introduce this remarkable work. I love the deep bass notes under the flute sound, with clean electric guitar accompanying. The music soon launches into foundation for a gritty guitar solo. Thankfully, after a couple of decent instrumentals, the singing returns, which I think adds a well-deserved and much-needed dimension of character to the sound. A highlight of the album, "The Acid Rain" is a delightful and uplifting work.

"Bad Guys" Opening with piano and drums, this has an odd rhythm if a fairly simplistic chord progression. It abruptly turns into a semi-reggae song mired in convention, none of which has anything to do with what came before. Other than an enjoyable chorus, the bulk of the song is uneventful and disjointed (despite a good synthesizer solo).

"Silent Running" Soothing yet somehow urgent piano begins the lengthy title piece. The main melody is very simplistic, yet incredibly memorable, and the band does a good job exploiting its potential. As usual, the vocals are wonderful, and the musicians do a fine job demonstrating their respective abilities, but overall, the piece isn't particularly remarkable, even though it's really enjoyable in many places.

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Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars A very curious record, to say the least! It took me quite some time to figure out if I liked or not. It is simply too different from the symphonic rock from Spain Iīm used to. In fact, they donīt sound like spanixh at all. their music is very international, and I initially thought they were from England or USA. if Silent Running has many excellent parts, while others are not as good. At first this CD sounded too modern for my taste, but after repeated listenings, I found their music quite interesting. Itīs a mix of modern prog (mostly), neo and classic prog (even with some Beatles influence on parts).

The most striking feature are the guitar parts: always brilliant perfomed, they are creative, melodic, and tasteful. Those terrific solos are the CDīs highlights. The keyboards parts are also excellent with some very good solos too. Alex Warner is a very good singer, able to handle all the different moods and styles that Pi2īs offers in Silent Running. The production is very good and it is very clear that those guys are talented and capable of writing fine tunes. Some parts of this CD are gorgeous and very moving. However, the trackīs flow is a bit uneven, making it less enjoyable that it could (and should) have been. The musicanship is top notch. But the mix is still not totally mature, I guess.

In the end I can say that I became very curious to hear P-2īs earlier works. Judging by this Cd only, I can say that their sound is very promising and will please more open minded progheads, specially the ones who like fine melodies. Rating: good (sometimes very good). 3 stars.

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Posted Sunday, June 13, 2010

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