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After Crying — De Profundis
(Periferic BGCD 005, 1996, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1997-05-01

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I'm not sure how this fits in in the overall scheme. It's one of those albums that makes you feel maybe you're just not hip enough for this yet. You know, if I give myself a couple of years I'll probably understand it. This doesn't help a reviewer's job any, but I'll attempt to describe. Classical? (As inept a word as any.) It must be all the strings, voices and calculated instrumentation. Progressive? (King of the gauche descriptions.) The inner circle of progressive (to be eligible you must own at least 50 albums that were pressed in copies of 25 or less, over 100 albums that you could trade evenly for vehicles, and a tendency to remind others that Raccomandata Ricevuto Ritorno has a syllable emphasis on the "da") speaks "It must be. It's original." Why? "Have you heard anything like this before?" Well, no, unless you count this Hungarian ensemble's previous release (you couldn't pay me to pronounce that one) which was a bit more recognizable. I'm hard pressed to describe anything about this although a cross between Opus Avantra, Music Urbana ("Iberia") and Art Zoyd is probably not anywhere close. See what I mean? You'd really have to sit there and analyze this one, it's quite confounding and I can't recommend it to anyone that doesn't like confusion (Libras beware.) Original, yet a bit too stuffy for my tastes.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 12, 1996 releases

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