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CORRELATIONS

Ashra

 

Progressive Electronic

2.96 | 51 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars What happened to MG ???

This might be the reaction of several people that liked his music and were rather disoriented with this "Correlations" album. Gone are the beautiful and melodic soundscapes.

If you think that the worse has been reached with the opening track ("Ice Train"), you are completely wrong: the next track "Club Cannibal" is there to do so. These electro-disco beats are totally awful and unbearable to my ears. But this was the mood in the late seventies (I can testify this, unfortunately).

I guess that it is not necessary to tell you which key you need to press ?

The first moments of relief are being reached with "Oasis". Indeed, quite a peaceful part: symphonic jazz at its best, this track develops a fine melody and should be able to reconcile MG fans.

The best is yet to come with a beautiful introduction for "Bamboo Sands". Alas, it only lasts for some sixty seconds! After this, the music gets back to these infernal electro beats again. Ouch! Why do you do this to us Manuel???

For our sake, there is still "Morgana De Capo" to come: the music played is more in line with my expectations while confronted to an Ashra album: splendid guitar at last! Even if the beat also flirt with the sound of the disco era, the whole is charming even if a bit too cold to my taste.

The exaggeratedly repetitive "Pas De Trois" finds its name in the fact that there are three musicians playing in comparison with a "Pas De Deux" in the ballet world. To be honest, if it should have lasted only for three minutes instead of eight, I wouldn't have complained. I guess that you get the picture?

The album closes on a decent "Phantasus". This track is quite Floydean and rather "The Wall" oriented. Bizarrely, I quite like it. But to be honest, after so many weak moments, the few good parts from these "Correlations" sound great.

This album is not a good one as far as I am concerned. A couple of good tracks amongst poor music. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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