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3.54 | 27 ratings | 5 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Weak Foundation (Chapter I Pt.I) (6:52)
2. Lights Out (Chapter I Pt.II) (5:00)
3. Atonement (Chapter II Pt.I) (7:48)
4. Retrospection (Chapter II Pt.II) (4:17)
5. Intertwined (Chapter III Pt.I) (6:14)
6. Unearthing the Past (Chapter III Pt.II) (6:32)
7. Parted Ways (Chapter IV Pt.I) (4:27)
8. Making Amends (Chapter IV Pt.II) (8:00)
9. The Leap (Chapter V Pt.I) (9:13)
10. Introspection (Chapter V Pt.II) (4:14)

Total Time 62:37

Line-up / Musicians

- João Pascoal / bass guitar, electric guitar, programming
- Sérgio Ferreira / drums, percussion, programming

- Maria Branco / vocals (1-9)
- João Rodrigues / vocals (2,3,5,8,10)
- Mariana Moreira / backing vocals (4)
- Matilde Esperança / violin (1,3,6,9,10)
- Pedro Marques / violin (9)
- Luzia Lapo / violin (1,3,6,9,10)
- Isaac Santos / violoncello (1,3,6,9,10)
- Paulo Bernardino / clarinet (3,5,6)
- Arnaud António / alto Saxophone (6,9)
- André Loureiro / flute (1,9)
- João Baião / acoustic guitar (1,2,3,6,8,9)
- Gonçalo Crespo / electric guitar (1-9)
- Bruno Lousada / electric guitar (1-7,9)
- Pedro Joaninho / electric guitar (5)
- Vikram Shankar / keyboards (2,3,9,10)
- Mario Yetatore / keyboards (1,3,4,6,8,9)
- Bosco Aguilar / keyboards (8)

Releases information

Composed by: João Pascoal (1 - 10), Sérgio Ferreira (1 - 9)

Concept by: João Pascoal, Sérgio Ferreira
Story written by: João Pascoal, Sérgio Ferreira
Artwork by: Maria Branco, Miguel Coelho
Recorded by: André Roque, João Pascoal, Daniel C. Rodrigues
Mixed/mastered by: Tiago Mesquita

Released June 2, 2020
Formats: Digital, CD, CD + Story book

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GRIOT Elisabeth ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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Review by kev rowland
3 stars Portuguese band Griot were formed in 2014 by João Pascoal (bass, guitar, programming) and Sérgio Ferreira (drums, programming). In 2016 they released their debut concept album 'Gerald', and now they are back with 'Elisabeth' which concludes that story. Alongside the debut they released a 21-page book telling the story, and here they have gone even further by releasing one which is 60 pages long. Most bands, if they go to these lengths, provide lyrics and artwork but what we have here is a full-blown short story, so does the music accompany the book or is it the other way round?

Neither of the lead singers, Maria Branco and João Rodrigues, were involved in the debut album but here they definitely own the characters they are portraying although there are some times, such as on "Atonement" when Maria does veer slightly offkey and her voice is more delicate than I might have expected give the force of the accompaniment.

Musically the album is quite diverse, and even though there are many different musicians involved (including 3 other guitarists, 3 keyboard players, brass, woodwind and strings) it does very much feel like a band album as opposed to a one-off project. One is never sure quite where the music is going to lead, as while it is progressive rock throughout there are times when it becomes more theatrical as there is quite a story to tell, veering between elements of Alan Parsons Project and Clive Nolan. Lots of strings and held down chords, alongside often powerful (and always varied) drumming, provide the platform for Maria yet sometimes she sings in a fairly quiet tone and her vocals are brought back into the music as opposed to being thrust forward which gives it a very distinct sound. Guitars can be strident and strummed, or totally absent from proceedings, and keyboards may be modern or very dated, all of which provide width and breath to the music.

Overall, this is an interesting album musically, and all power to the guys for putting so much effort into the package which goes with it, I really wish more bands would think of that side of it.

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3 stars 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗜𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 I find that this album was pretty well recorded, but it just doesn't have the most compelling of tracks. The production and engineering is quite modern, the mix is ... (read more)

Report this review (#2542066) | Posted by ComaEcliptic | Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Elisabeth, the second album by the portuguese Griot, is a very interesting conceptual work, an impeccable production, where progressive and jazz styles are merged, but which give them their own space to make them recognizable. There is no musical instrument that is in excess, each one has a reas ... (read more)

Report this review (#2417682) | Posted by Hector Enrique | Monday, July 6, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The first minute and a half of this record constitutes a bold statement of intent: this record is going draw from all 4 corners of the prog world and serve up a genuinely diverse listening experience. Robert Fripp's mellotron, Keith Emerson's organ and piano, and even Misha Mansoor's extended range ... (read more)

Report this review (#2411448) | Posted by ssmarcus | Monday, June 8, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars An Epic Spiritual Journey 'Elisabeth' Beats on the Oaken Doors of Greatness Everything about this album- sumptuous instrumentation, mastery of the musicians with their instruments, breadth of vision and depth of scope, interweaving of tonalities, textures, the painstaking, time-consuming, pa ... (read more)

Report this review (#2410824) | Posted by Steve Conrad | Saturday, June 6, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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