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Marco Antônio Araújo - Quando A Sorte Te Solta Um Cisne Na Noite CD (album) cover


Marco Antônio Araújo


Prog Folk

3.82 | 23 ratings

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3 stars It would be a shame if the beauty of Araujo's debut would not have been warmly received by the public and the album was reputedly a critical success, that led to a total sum of 74 concerts for the Brazilian composer and his backing group.The reports say that he even performed in factories in front of the workers during their lunchtime!In 1982 a second album was released independently under the poetic title ''Quando a sorte te solta um cisne na noite'' with the addition of pianist Max Magalhaes, while the huge wind-instrument department of the debut was replaced by one Sergio Gomes on trumpet.This one was recorded in just two days at the famous Estudios Da Sigla in Rio De Janeiro.

The links of Araujo and similar Brazilian artists like BACAMARTE with the pastoral side of Italian Prog are again very strong in this album with the group sounding very close to PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, while some emotional passages recall the classic album by MAXOPHONE.Another beautiful offering of Classical and Folk inspirations with a sweet rockin' background, built around the nice electroacoustic changes, the folky sound of flutes and the dreamy work on violin and cello.In fact ''Alegria'' sounds like a complete P.F.M. rip-off at some point, but Araujo would soon restore his personal vibe on acoustic arpeggios, arranging harmonic, instrumental music full of a symphonic finesse and intense, rural soundscapes.Some parts are close to Chamber Folk ala MANEIGE, while some of the delicate, well-worked melodies of the debut are to be missed.With the piano playing a basic role and the electric guitars and bass providing the Prog Rock background, the music is still fairly complex and intricate with nice solos, impessive interplays, even if they are offered in a smooth packaging, and pleasant, sensitive tunes.

Another album from Araujo's back-catalogue reissued by Progressive Rock Worldwide, the bonus tracks in this release are closer to Chamber/Folk Music with basically acoustic instrumentation and Araujo displaying his talent as a composer of Contemporary Classic Music, where strings and flutes come in evidence, while the long ''Cavaleiro + Trilha bale cantares'' contains also some influences by Avant-Garde Music.

Very competent and well-composed Symphonic/Folk Rock in the vein of P.F.M. and BACAMARTE.Delicate, ethereal and demanding music to say the least, strongly recommended to anyone fond of the style...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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