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3.62 | 61 ratings

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3 stars Well you could also add or erase an half star: in fact this jazzy prog rock album by the Mexican ensemble (dated 1996), despite of being probably their most inspiring album, nevertheless is characterized by some uneven breaks through (think of "The North", a bit garish in the second part) and as usual with the "aggravating" circumstances regarding prominently a few prolix parts too, making the whole work a controversial album. After several issues it seems They always want to show their skill:ok their technique is remarkable (sometimes beyond their own limits), but the indulgent gratification with themselves is always hidden behind the corner...I like the flute by Carlo Brassea in the last suite "The Mirror's House", otherwise not as much as the accented and imperfect English from their Country-Mexico, regarding the lyrics...well it's the same defect as within for instance the best album by Deyss -"Vision in the Dark"- or in a few tunes by After Crying, sung in English. However, apart from all these notes, I like to remark the positive features inside: first of all the interesting rhytmical section, which is perfectly inserted into their varied music puzzle, created by fourth suites; secondly their fine track "The Rescue", which is characterized by an instrumental thrilling number, in spite of the weak vocalism (a bit better within "Transparent symbols"...), but this latter doesn't compromise the final output.

Very interesting work, even though They are self indulgent with themselves when They show their most technical passages...nevertheless the present issue can be regarded as the best example of the derivative style inside the Mexican New Prog scene!!

lor68 | 3/5 |


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