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AL-BANDALUZ

Cast

 

Symphonic Prog

3.71 | 57 ratings

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lor68
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3 stars Oh guys, another remarkable and a bit disappointing (in a certain sense) "creation" by Cast!! Don't get me wrong... this is a good derivative work with a strong personality once again, but as this time this is a double album, my expectations have been disappointed: here you find a lot of variations as usual, a kind of virtuosity regarding the keyboards, and at the beginning I was expected to find something original, talking about the composition,instead...the present album is close to their typical emulation of the symphonic stereotype, even though I recognize their good execution, also in their most jazzy variations."Encrucijada" the first instrumental long suite and the other epic number "El puente" represent their best effort;nevertheless the sense of boredom is hidden behind the corner!!To me the right path to be runned was that one traced by means of their pretty original album "Imaginary Window" (released in 1997), whose simple conception has not been repeated anymore...is it enough to have an idea of their evolution?! Well I don't know, but for sure the sound has been always compact in their recent issues...a fertile band they are, but the risk is always the same: their attempt to duplicate their "symphonic formula", which soon can become tiring...make your own choice anyway!!
lor68 | 3/5 |

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