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II

Perfect Beings

 

Crossover Prog

3.93 | 173 ratings

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memowakeman
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4 stars One step beyond!

I would like to thank Johaness Luley for contacting me and sharing his great music with me. After my experience with their debut album, I am now happier with the second effort of this US band Perfect Beings, a new project that has started to grow some fans worldwide due to their excellent music. This second album is simply entitled II, and just as the previous one, it features 10 compositions but this time the total time is lower, with a 49-minute length.

It opens with "Mar Del Fuego", a wonderful track that gathers elements from symphonic rock with a traditional Spanish flavor that can be perceived through the sound of acoustic guitar and the claps we can listen as background. The composition is very well-crafted, the first minutes are totally instrumental and then Hurtgen's voice enter in a soft way, just for a brief passage, because later that Spanish feeling returns until the very end of the song. "Cryogenia" has voice since its first second and the sound is completely calm and mellow, reminding me of their debut album much more than Mar Del Fuego, which seemed to mark a different tendency on Perfect Beings' sound. This is a nice track, but that's it, it also has a kind of Floydian feeling, you can tell it by the women vocals on the background. "Samsara" is the shortest piece, reaching only one and a half minutes, and it brings a spacey and tense atmosphere that will prepare us for the next track.

"The Love Inside" is my favorite track here, I even chose it to play it on my radio show. Almost nine minutes of great music that starts calm and relaxing with piano and little by little it is flowing and progressing, introducing new elements, creating wonderful nuances and an amazing explosion of neo progressive rock after five minutes. I repeat what I might have said in my review of their debut: the sound has elements of vintage prog, reminding us mainly of Yes, but they manage to make that vintage sound modern, hope you get me. Great song!

"Volcanic Streams" is a wonderful song with a darker atmosphere. I love the sound of the bass here and all the spacey sounds keyboards create; the first minute is amazing, and I love how it suddenly stops and then it begins again, taking us to a journey through space and imagination. The tension vanishes after 2:30, a soft guitar prevails and the vocals enter creating now a relaxing atmospehere, reminding me now of Pink Floyd and RPWL. "The Yard" is a weaker track, softer and more easy-listening. I mean, it is nice and enjoyable, but the two previous tracks were so great that this one is a let down, despite there is a pretty nice instrumental passage.

"Go" has a 80s spirit and I love it. I like the voice and the bass sound, and now the retro prog spirit does not exist anymore, now Perfect Beings took elements from the new wave era, reminding me of Duran Duran and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and I enjoy it a lot. "Rivermaker" is a nice song in which Hurtgen let us know he is a great singer. It is mostly his voice and the piano, in a ballad-esque space, touching people's senses. "Cause and Effect" has again a soft sound but this time I like it a lot, the voice is sweet, the keyboards produce interesting sounds, while drums and strings make a perfect complement. After two minutes the song becomes chaotic, the wonderful bass takes me to Roundabout times and the guitar and drums exemplifies once again the heavy influence Yes has made with Perfect Beings. This has to be one of the best tracks of the album.

And II finishes with "The Thrill Seeker", an enigmatic song with a delicious slow tempo, nice bass notes and sweet drums, a nice way to finish this great album. Perfect Beings are great without a doubt, and I can say I have enjoyed more this second album than the debut, so I am now eagerly waiting for the upcoming one, with new surprises and sounds.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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