Bacamarte — Depois do Fim
(Belle Antique 091532, 1983/2009, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-08-01
Let me just begin this by saying this album is unquestionably the best Brazilian symphonic progressive rock album. Keep also in mind that it hasn't had much competition until the last few years. For Italian symphonic fans especially of the PFM / Banco axis, this is an essential buy. Calling Bacamarte the Brazilian PFM (with female vocals though) is not far off the mark. In fact, I can think of one song here that plagiarizes from "È Festa" ("Celebration") at times note for note. The music is very romantic, very beautiful and fueled by talented musicians including the guitarist whose Steve Howe influenced riffing is quite amazing and at times delivers the goosebumps. The vocals are also tremendously gorgeous and remind me of the vocals of other South American ensembles like Anacrusa. All in all it's a fantastic album with enough aspects of musicianship to bring it above the average sympho-rock reissue. The drum-machine laden bonus track wasn't necessary though, although you certainly can turn it off by then. Highly recommended.
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