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Una Laguna
2 stars Put this in the same pile as Beauborg: extreme-minimalistic-avant-garde-ambient-soundscape-experiment.

Vangelis is an experimentalist. That's what makes his music progressive. The trouble with experiments is that they don't always go to plan. This album is missing any actual music, instead utilising various fancy effects to achieve the desired effect: I couldn't pick out any melodies, rhythms or moments of genuine beauty. I couldn't work out which time signatures it used. Did it use more than one time signature? Was it even written in a time signature? Was it even written?

I'm getting distracted by my obsession with time signatures. The point is, it's not music in the traditional sense. Progressive music isn't really "normal" music. Invisible Connections makes progressive music seem normal.

This is the sort of album you'd expect to hear playing in a modern art museum. At the Tate Modern or somewhere. Though I can derive little pleasure from this album, it can still be appreciated as art. It's not a set of three-minute pop songs. I wouldn't call this album "bad" - just different.

I wouldn't listen to this album for pleasure; I would, however, listen to this album if I was researching the history of avant-garde and experimental music.

Una Laguna | 2/5 |


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