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4 stars When I found the music of Arrakeen I managed to get my hands on both issues and because of that I checked them out simultaneously. And that was a funny experience actually because to this very day I can't decide which of their two great studio releases is really the better. After the first five spins I thought this Patchwork would be the winner but after five more I'm not too sure anymore.

Patchwork is definitely the shorter album with only four songs clocking just over half an hour. These four songs are all winners though so that makes it hard to be negative about it. In fact it's a bit of a strange release because the fourth and last song is played live and that's not very usual on a debut to say the least. It's a great song but it has to be said - and that's my only criticism on both Arrakeen albums that this live song is not really the best of them all. Female vocalist Ma´ko must have had a tough evening because she sounded exhausted at the end. Well, it's just a minor complaint, the rest of what this band has done in the early nineties deserves every praise and are performances they can be proud of.

I'm proud to own them and recommend both Patchwork and Mosa´que to all neo progressive music fans. But I feel any music lover can enjoy this. It's near perfect stuff. Hats off for Arrakeen.

progrules | 4/5 |


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