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ALEXL

Eclectic Prog • Brazil


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ALEXL is actually a one-man act, namely that of multi-instrumentalist Alexandre Loureiro, former member of 90's Brazilian bands RAIKA and TURANGALÎLA. This graduate from Rio de Janeiro Federal University already boasts several compositions such as soundtracks for theatre, video, movie and dance. His music, rather chamber-rock like, incorporates elements of YES and GENTLE GIANT (for the polyphonic vocals and highly syncopated rhythms) as well as Frank ZAPPA, perhaps even GENESIS (for its '70s flavour), and of course, Brazilian folk.

For his album "Triz", he enlisted the help of over 20 musicians/singers (both male and female) who play brass, strings, keyboards, guitars, clarinet, flutes, oboe, xylophone and percussion amongst others. His pieces are often short but dense, complex and well worked out, the use of acoustic instruments giving them a sense of lightness even when the music takes on a heavier direction. Far from being a gratuitous patch-up of the bands mentioned above, Loureiro manages to blend all these elements into a coherent whole, giving his music a genuine identity of its own. The only flaws with this album - if one must find some - may be the lack of a real drummer (he uses sequenced drums) and perhaps the production which could have been a little 'warmer'. The overall product is nevertheless brilliant, to say the least, and has a pleasantly exotic Brazilian flavour.

Especially recommended for GENTLE GIANT enthusiasts, but fans of ECHOLYN and SPOCK'S BEARD will also feel at home with ALEXL.

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3.22 | 17 ratings

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Review by apps79
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3 stars Brazilian composer Alexandre Loureiro was born in 1967 in Rio de Janeiro.Parallel to his courses as an electronic technician, he studied music at the Villa-Lobos School of Music, where he started getting in touch with 70's music.In late-80's he started composing original material, while soon he became involved in various local groups such as Raika and Turangalila and worked as a professional musician.He even worked as an actor, before returning to university during the 90's to take courses on composition.From 1997 and on he focused on recording his own music, a process which lasted over 6 years with pieces being recorded in various studios and with the help of numerous musicians.Finally in 2004, having already adapted the nickname of Alexl, his sole album ''Triz'' saw the light on Musea Records.

Six years of hard and patient work were eventually translated into a lovely Progressive Rock album with strong inspirations from Classical and Folk Music, using an army of musicians, who could handle different string and wind instruments and building the sound on the principles of 70's Progressive Rock with leading instruments being the bass, guitar, drums and keyboards.Alexl's only release reminds me of his compatriots TERRENO BALDIO, a group heavily influenced by GENTLE GIANT, as the music is based on elaborate acoustic lines, polyphonic harmonies, gentle keyboard textures and complicated instrumentals.The traditional elements are more than evident through these acoustic textures , the use of flutes, xylophone and violins and the creation of rural textures.But Alexl delivers also a strong essence of Chamber Music through series of string and wind sections, where the Progressive Rock attitude is still present through the bass and drum executions.His most complicated ideas are reminiscent of YES: Tricky keyboard themes, massive electroacoustic changes, angular use of electric piano and synthesizers and endless breaks from melodious moves to chaotic instrumental forces with technical yet convincing plays.Great arrangements with a rich instrumental enviroment and even some light jazzy vibes here and there, while even the multi-vocal parts are worked to the last detail.

An impressive work along the lines of GENTLE GIANT, containing the true spirit of progressive music.Strongly recommended to say the least...3.5 stars.

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Review by Anthony H.
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3 stars AlexL: Triz [2004]

Rating: 6/10

Triz is the sole solo effort from Brazilian musician Alexandre Loureiro. This is quite an obscure release, and I know next to nothing about this guy beyond the bio here on PA. However, I'm glad that I stumbled upon this album. The music here is an eclectic amalgamation of classical, folk, jazz, and traditional prog. A large cast of musicians and vocalists are recruited to back Alex up. The result is a solid, albeit flawed and somewhat artificial-sounding, collection of diverse progressive rock.

"Todo o Tempo do Mundo" is an atmospheric piano intro that opens the album in a strong fashion. "Trancado Por Dentro" is a folky track with acoustic guitar and other strings accompanying the keys, vocals, and throbbing bass. I like most of this track, even though the vocal section in the middle is a rather lame "Do ri me fa so la ti do" exercise. "Limites" continues with the folky atmosphere. Excellent flute and vocal work dominate, but the track drags on a bit. "Por Enquanto" is on the heavier side (at least within the context of this album). This is one of the weaker tracks here; it sounds rather synthetic. The pleasant "Circulos" begins in a decidedly Gentle-Giant-like manner. Acoustic guitar and bass take the lead yet again. "Vozes? Vozes" alternates between piano and folky passages. The instrumental interplay at the end of this song is quite impressive. "Porem? Quanto?" begins in a surprisingly avant manner. The jazzy instrumentation is excellent, and the mallet work gives this track a Zappaesque feel. "Nos" is by far the best song on the album. The vocals are catchy, the piano is a wonderful, and electric guitar ties everything together perfectly. The soloing at the end is also excellent. "Realatividade" features some Wakeman-style keyboards and more pleasant acoustics. "Passatempo" is a fairly uninteresting vocal-oriented acoustic piece. The vocally-driven and slightly operatic "A Prece" comes next, the twelve-second "Enfim?" closes the album.

While this is a good album, I can't help but get a sense of artificiality when I listen to it. The programmed drums probably have a lot to do with this, but many vocal parts also sound rather mechanical. The songwriting and musicianship is quite good on Triz, but I can't truly connect with the music. There's not too much more to say for this one - it's a good album, but it certainly isn't on the top of my obscure prog list.

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AlexL Eclectic Prog

Review by everprog

4 stars To claim that Triz fails as a great Prog Rock Album because is not rock is a blasphemy. Other than the "newcomers" of prog metal and others who don't want to pass as "progressive" to catch with the new Renaissance of Progressive Rock most of the music in the Prog Rock is FUSION coming from real musicians who went into rock but being as they were trained pros (Jazz, Classical, Ethnic, etc.) they wound up producing something different from what we normally call "Rock" (Led Zeppelin, etc.) Getting back to AlexL: He produces amazing music mixing Ethnic, Rock, Jazz, and most of all Classical music. Not Rock? Give me a break? Get Led Zeppelin and move on to another field to be a critic of. Either you are a progressive and open as a human being or you are stuck with just one genre. Progressive Rock as ProgArchives has shown/taught/spread all over the world, for years now, covers a huge amount of types of music and from all over the world. Just read the history provided here: That what this is for. Just read and think. AlexL is a pro and a great at Progressive Rock and Triz is a fabulous Album: Buy it and listen to it several times as if you have bought an Art Masterpiece. PD: In the beginnings of Prog Rock: the UK and Italy dominated the field but the US had zilch in Art and Symphony Rock but most of everything in Jazz Rock/Fusion. Now a days the US wants to make believe it has everything of everything and only but the best and that is not true. Just look at the many countries covered by ProgArchives with fantastic Groups that are originals and copy nobody. So, please stop the bias and open your minds so that your ears can hear well.

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Review by bertolino

4 stars I received and listen this one yesterday, on behalf of various reviews -others than on this site where the two previous critics are somewhat tiedous, and due to promotional presentation of Musea by which i ordered it. While i come on a daily base on this site, that is the first time that i send a review because i feel this one truly deserve a better rating than 3 stars. One can feel the Gentle Giant approach in vocals harmonies but that' s about it for any plagiarism, as Alexl is composing music without the complexity, the occasional dissonance or the rocking attitude of the "Schulman connection". Unless you compare Triz to a song like "On Reflection", on Free Hand if i'm not wrong, we're not talking about the same kind of music. After a single listening, i am reminded of gorgeus melodies (how come one can say it failed in that domain...), not complex but yet very subtle, a cristal clear production, the predominant acoustic guitars and instruments taking the first benefit of it and the warmth typical of brasilian sensibilities. It may be this last element that, for all instances, suits this music well for me and not for others. People fond of acoustic and folk prog, melt with a dose of ethno fusion and a zest of influences, Gentle Giant and Frank Zappa mainly should have a listen to this one.

My first review may not be the last, after nearly of 36 years of good prog music!

Bertrand Côté

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Review by Dan Yaron

2 stars Triz is an album recorded by Alexl which is a Gentle Giant wannabe from Brazil. These guys really true to be as good GG, however , they fail to do that! The singers really try to be like the guys of GG, and they actually don't suceeded in doing that. Its selection of instruments is rich, but it doesn't make me like this album. Do not understand me incorrectly, these guys play good, but they should try to find their own style or atleast rip GG off successfully. In a nutshell, I recommend you buy this record only if you are a die hard fan of GG that can never have enough of them =)

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