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4.29 | 894 ratings

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5 stars Although IQ and Marillion may have "saved" prog in the early 80s, I would submit that they didn't make the best prog. That honor for me goes to Bacamarte--at least until we dig up something even more obscure and enjoyable!

Although it's not an epic album by any means, it's full of lush, intricate, and often achingly beautiful music that I believe it qualifies as a masterpiece, especially considering the added dimension that the Latin flavor of Depois can add to any prog collection.

First off, I fail to see how one can listen to this and hear a Genesis clone. It's just not there at all for me. I do hear some Yes, with the lush synths and Howe-like guitar (both the itchy-finger guitar and the slide), and perhaps just a bit of Tull, with the flute and heavy strumming in places. Maybe some hints of Italian prog, such as Banco and PFM, as well, with the lovely quirkiness in places. These are definitely some good things to be reminded of in my opinion!

The opener gets things going wonderfully, with a killer introduction: some delicate guitar, then the lovely piano countermelody, then cue the flute, and off we go into one of the 10 greatest prog instrumentals out there (yes, I put this up there with the likes of YYZ, etc). Just total symphonic prog candy (or perhaps crack!).

The other instrumentals, Miragem and Mirante, are both very solid, but not as inspired or perfectly paced as UFO. However, the vocal pieces work well too, particularly Ultimo, with an achingly beautiful chorus and some haunting piano work.

And the playing...just fabulous. The rhythm section really keeps the tempo up, as the bass and drums offer a lot of variety and change-ups to keep things fresh. The synths get a little loud in places (i.e., Smog Alado), but generally add nicely to produce a full sound. And the guitar...well, it's certainly effective for me, and played with such flair! Great stuff.

Overall a wonderful album. It's not an epic or concept album, but it does offer lots of very catchy and haunting melodies, and all played exceedingly well. I'll call it a masterpiece.

Flucktrot | 5/5 |


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