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5 stars Another instrumental masterpiece from Ohyama's Asturias.

Asturias' music falls roughly into four areas: Classical - Rock - Synth driven - Other acoustic

This album is something like 50% classical, 20% rock, 20% synth, 10% acoustic. To a typical prog rock fan, it may come off as dull and heavy on the violin, piano, and woodwinds. But if you have a classical background you'll love it.

Don't get me wrong, though, there's some bitchin' guitar. My favorite track is "Sign", which culminates in a harmonically rich (if only somewhat technical) electric solo in 7/4. Don't give up until you get this far! It's only the third track but the intros before it are slow. "Journey" is the happiest point of the album, featuring chipper recorder and majestic electric guitar in major key.

"Lost" (another wonderful track) rounds out the first half and sets a melancholy tone for the rest of the album. The transition to the second half is downright depressing. Listen to "Alone" and you'll understand the album title.

"Rebirth" recalls some of Sign's intensity, but "Wandering" and "Missing Piece" continue to be contemplative. "Resolution" is a bit of a misnomer. The final track itself is a disappointment, and its tone is sad to match. Appropriately, there's no triumphant ending or sense of closure -- you might say the missing piece is never found.

Beautiful music, but not uplifting.

chikinn | 5/5 |


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