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ALMAGEST

Egyptian Kings

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.56 | 61 ratings

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memowakeman
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3 stars Peace.

There are some people whose last word in a review is peace, i have stolen that word in order to write it at the very beginning of my review, since peace is what i have and feel while listening to this album. I remember this was one of the most recommended albums from 2006, actually if i remember correctly, it caused a fuzz inside PA and its collaborators, so i joined to the group of people who wanted to listen to it, and i can say happily that it was a good choice.

A couple of days ago i was looking for some mellow or relaxing music, i mean in the prog side of music not New Age and remembered this album, so i put it in my cd player along with some Vangelis and Explosions in the Sky which normally put me in a nice mood when things are difficult or i had a bad day and i want to feel calm and better, since then i have listened to Almagest more than 5 times and i will do it again today`s night and tomorrow`s morning for sure, but wait, let me tell you that with these words i am not saying that you should listen to it 5 times in a day, not at all but its calm and mellow sound can inprove your day.

This nice and promising band from Portugal has a cosmic/space orientation in their music, while some may find it really boring, others (like me) may join to the cosmic trip, close your eyes and let the music take you completely, that is what i really like of this album, the fact that i am inside the music, hope you understand what i mean, maybe the songs here are not outstanding tracks, but this is that kind of albums that you simply cannot skip any song, once you start playing it, you have to finish it.

Almagest features 6 song and a running time of 40 minutes where you will be caught by the space and ambient sound of it, as i said there are no outstanding songs, however, you will notice the difference from the opening track to the main theme of the album, "Murmurs" is a nice introduction to the album, it shows you the cosmic vibe since the very beginning, "Pale White Dot" is the first long song of the album, it includes a nice flute, some gentle guitars and the cosmic atmosphere as always, very comfortable and musically pretty nice, then it continues with "Low Mass Stars" which is probably the main theme of the album, being a 15-minute epic, which gradually captivates your attention and your mind into a spacial journey, let the song take you, but this is a two-edge weapon, you wil either be caught or bored with this song. "Spirit of the Water" is my less favorite song, though i have no favorite one but maybe this sound a bit repetitive and it may need a change in the album, "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" is the last song before the short epilogue, and it has the same characteristic as the other ones, very nice mellow atmosphere with great use of synths, oh i almost forgot it, this album has some vocals but there are only spoken words, not sung,and this album finishes with with "Cosmos Celestial Movement", which is just a song to finish this cosmic trip.

I like this album and enjoy it very much, but it is not a masterpiece at all, as i said before, you could either love it or get bored with it, so i personally would give it 4 stars, but for the site i believe it is more accurate a 3-star grade.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |

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