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Patrick Moraz


Crossover Prog

2.56 | 55 ratings

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4 stars Where to start? This is my favorite Patrick Moraz album. Is it poppy? Yes. Do the lyrics mostly suck? Yes, but that is a charge that could be fairly leveled at most prog rock IMHO.

So, why do I like this recording? Hard to say. I agree with many of the points of the negative reviews here - the lyrics suck , there is a familiarity with the Latin idioms used here (i.e. they are somewhat cliched) , etc, etc. But this record works for me.

First of all - it is very upbeat. Now, most of my prog favorites (72-74 King Crimson, early Tull, ELP even) are hardly upbeat - but this record is and I like it. It is upbeat and poppy and lyrically quite sappy but the MUSIC is very interesting! Those jazzy keyboard runs appeal to me and almost nobody does them better than Moraz. And he is generous here with juicy snippets at the end of most songs. As if to say "you suffered through those lyrics, here is your reward!".

Ok, I might be biased. My favorite, by far, Yes recording is Relayer which I consider their pinnacle achievement. They could not have made that record without Moraz. I love jazz idioms mixed with rock, they work so much better than classical idioms since they come from the same place.

The Latin rhythms and melodies here work great. The music is interesting, if somewhat pop oriented. Andy Newmark and the rest of the session players are in fine form. This is a happy recording, nothing wrong with that. Like most good music, this takes some time to "get". I get it and I like it and even "Tentacles" won't dissuade me.

Oh but by the way, "Love Hate Sun Rain You" is truly a song to be missed. No saving that one.

techanic | 4/5 |


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