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Little Tragedies


Symphonic Prog

3.82 | 38 ratings

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4 stars A highly compelling creation from this fine Russian act.

Richly textured keyboards and synth patterns is the dominating aspect of this production; with soaring solos and floating sound layers as well as gentle explorations almost ambient in expression. The compositions are very well made, constantly changing and evolving but taking care to revisit themes and to evolve carefully and planned - where the sudden changes in pace, intensity and sound are utilized to good effect without ever feeling out of place in the select instances they are utilized.

Besides keyboards and synths, of which the Hammond is one, distinct and often jazz-tinged bass underscores, drawn out guitar riffs or acoustic patterns is a part of the sonic tapestry too, and some neat drumming of course. The overall style is symphonic progressive rock; looking back to the 70's for inspiration - with Genesis and ELP as the most distinct influences. It's very well made though, and the Russian vocals; performed in a talklike manner; is probably the only aspect of this album that will limit it's audience amongst those who love this style of music.

Highly recommended.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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