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4 stars A rock combo PAGEANT can be called as one of Japanese symphonic rock progenitors positively inspired by Genesis and 70s British progressive rock scene. The album "La Mosa'que De La R'verie" was released in 1986 as their debut creation, and it's said long time and much money were needed for the production. Well understood PAGEANT needed much expensive stuff, and this album sounds of another Japanese Fantasia for being launched in 1986. Exposure not simply of Genesis' flavour and view, but apparently of Japanese cultural dramatic "cartoon-ish" texture, can be appreciated.

Their instrumental technique is beyond expression really. For almost all of Japanese in 1980s progressive rock might be symphonic rock, and artists had tried hard to make soundscape decently symphonic we can imagine easily. Hiroko's voices sound not cute nor lovely but sharp-edged and theatrical. No suspicion she should lead this whole combo to enthusiastic sound space. In the current progressive rock scene this music style flooded with mysterious tragic storytelling melody and lyrics is not rare nor innovative but yes, 30 years before! As the frontman Ikko says, "Un Giel De Celluloide" is not fit for such a dramatic narrative touch but anything. Let me emphasize especially the titled track composed / written by Hiroko is full of creativity and original sound points of view. Unforeseeable melodic stream of the story drives the audience crazy thrilling. We should listen to and digest this stuff out without any breath. What a supra-impressive one.

For various reasons above mentioned, this album is impressive even now. One of authenticities in Japanese progressive rock world, we can call ... like the mystic sleeve pic!

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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