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Machiavel — Virtual Sun
(Musea FGBG 4305.AR, 1999, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2000-10-01

Virtual Sun Cover art

I'm not even a big fan of Machiavel in their "classic" phase, circa Mechanical Moonbeams. Even then the group's proto-neo-progressive / mainstream symphonic rock style does little to impress. So perhaps, I'm not the most objective reviewer for such a style, one that is basically little different from 80s symphonic pop like Saga or Mike & The Mechanics. The album is heavy on the lyrics, short on song length, and laden with trite Gilmour riffs (circa Momentary Lapse of Reason) and Zeppelin-isms. Machiavel are undoubtedly pros – the album has good sonics, the band is tight, and the delivery assured. It just ain't my style, a far too conservative and histrionic symphonic rock angle with no sense of adventure.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 20, 1999 releases

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