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Popol Vuh



3.73 | 113 ratings

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3 stars What a tragedy.

This is the most remarkably beautiful album but it is partially wrecked by rampant, unchecked, and unnecessary cymbal crashes throughout. I cannot comprehend why they thought it best to drown such beautiful music in this manner on half of the album. Seriously, it stuns me. In certain places it literally sounds like they gave the sticks to a 2-year old and told him to go ahead and smash the drum cymbals like crazy while the grown-ups are making pretty music. I'm not against percussion. Far from it, I love great drumming on rock albums and even on music like this percussion could have worked if employed differently. The sections without these cymbal-smashfests are pure heaven: delightful meditative piano, tablas, sitar, gorgeous electric guitar leads, and the dreamy, angelic vocals of Djong Yun. Truly wonderful stuff throughout aside from this. But I simply cannot tune in to the beautiful sounds and lose myself as one should with music like this when those high-end distracting crashes are so prominent in the mix. I can't believe no one else has mentioned this in their reviews, it seems like such an obvious problem to my ears. Great cover art that comes alive on the high quality Japanese minis of 2006, along with a nice booklet with photos, bio, and tributes to Florian. Certainly a great album even if I believe it seriously flawed for the reason above. I'm deducting a full star for what I see as an unforgivable flaw and rating it 3 stars. If you don't think you'd be bothered by this then add another full star for sure.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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