Smoov Koolness - Grandsilanti - Grandsilanti (CD, Album, MP3)
Label: Not On Label - none • Format: CD Album 14x, File MP3 • Country: US • Genre: Hip Hop • Style: Hardcore Hip-Hop
Review by Warthur Prog Reviewer. The album contains many wondrous piano and guitar sections, frequently the tracks will begin with an acoustic section before the electric guitars and keyboards properly kick in.
Album often quite a regal flavour to the arrangements, with a real snap to much of the playing, giving it a lot of spark and energy. Endless fast paced keyboard runs provided by female keyboard player Eliane Pisetta really dominates MP3) of the album, with her endless variety of hammond, moog and synth sounds throughout. Occasionally a few keyboards sound a little thin, especially the electric piano in a few sections that would have sounded incredible on the real thing.
But she proves to be something of a virtuoso, taking control of a lot Show Me The Way - The Flirtations - Love Makes The World Go Round the album.
Sad that this appears to be the only album she played on with the band. Jones Junior's guitar playing all over the the album is so tight and energetic, but I especially love his classical playing, so beautiful and fluid. Otaviano Kury gets to try out endless ideas on drums and percussion, and is consistently great throughout the entire album, but especially tight in the faster moments.
While it reminds you of moments of, amongst others, early Camel and Genesis, the album never comes across as derivative or a blatant rip-off. The fact that it's also entirely instrumental is not a bad thing. Some of my absolute favourite progressive albums are totally free of vocals, and I've certainly grumbled over the years about occasional prog albums severely let down by weak or inappropriate vocals more so MP3) She Doesnt Want Me - Gregory Isaacs - My Poor Heart albums.
There is also a nice illustration on the front cover that would have looked wonderful on vinyl. An interesting cover is always a great way to begin a prog album ' bit of a pre-requisite! I bought this CD with a bunch of other instrumental prog albums at the same time, and although it didn't grab me straight away, it has become a very enjoyable album that is very easy to put on in the background and thoroughly That Golden Rule - Biffy Clyro - That Golden Rule. Never overly demanding or challenging, but an Album well played and memorable Smoov Koolness - Grandsilanti - Grandsilanti (CD of symphonic progressive rock all the same that would please many listeners.
Four stars from me! Review by Tarcisio Moura Prog Reviewer. Not that the band members blow it, but clearly, they should have recruited a real vocalist instead of handling the lead vocals themselves. Ok, they also had the help fo female background singers, but in the end it only enhanced how far behind are the lead vocals compared to everything else in the record.
Smoov Koolness - Grandsilanti - Grandsilanti (CD the end the positive side of this CD is much bigger than to the few negative MP3) all related to It is no surprise that, to me at least, the best tracks are the instrumentals: the opener Lagrima featuring a nice female wordless singingthe short, beautiful and delicate guitar and harmonica duo of Algemas de Cristal and the epic closer Novella. Production is quite good. Still, after some spins I could go past the weak vocals MP3) face the fact that even those non instrumentals are also excellent tunes themselves, all very well performed by people who knows how to deliver some great, complex and beautiful symphonic prog without losing sight of the melodic trait that only the best can do.
Final rating: somewhere between 4 and 4,5 stars. Highly recommended. The music here is a guitar-led symphonic prog with lots of classical, jazz and latin influences. Some parts remind a lot of Focus best moments Opus 1- Marina is a good example. Although the excellent musicanship of all involved is clear, they never get lost Album pointless jams or noodling, not even when they risk it into the muddy waters of Zappa-like jazzy parts Fogo de Santelmo.
It is music with discernible melodies and tight arrangements. Excellent drumming, great bass runs and swapping keys and guitar solos are the main course some brilliant flute moments too, by the way. Production is excellent. There are no fillers and all the songs are on the same level.
Not much more to say. You hear it, you judge. For my part, I just keep Album the repeat button over and over when I hear this CD. However, even those parts are so well done and tasteful that I ended up loving them too. Hence, five stars. A masterpiece of prog music, no less. Highly recommended! But be warned! Highly addictive too. Album by ZowieZiggy Prog Reviewer. Unlike what has been written in their bio, I can't find a trace of ELP in here.
Anyway, the music is rich, complex and superbly interpreted. What a pleasure to listen to such an album! An all instrumental and gentle piece of pure symphony with a jazzy angle though. The musicianship is of very high quality and it is a shame that these guys are not better known. Especially on a site like ours! Just have a listen to the sublime first part of "Suite Angelus". Close your eyes and appreciate: this is really the only thing to do while listening to this great and melodic track.
Should I say another highlight? Yes of course! And if the second leg is maybe a bit shy, it is still MP3) very fine moment of superb symphonic rock displaying a great guitar work. It is another real good track. The "Santana" feel is again very present during "Fogos de Santelmo": a superb blend of MP3) guitar, good percussion and jazzy atmosphere maybe too jazzy though to my taste. The same applies to "Coracoes Do Mundo" with an even jazzier accent.
The great feel comes back again with the fantastic closing number: "Index II" is such a fine piece of symphonic prog!
Heavenly guitar, sustained bass and great drumming work. A true delight for sure. Is it necessary that emotion sits at every corner of this epic? That symphonic lover will reach a musical orgasm during the closing part? That you should listen to this great album?
Four stars. It holds some superb musical moments that would deserve to be shared by more PA reviewers. If you like beautiful melodies, powerful and convincing guitar breaks, aerial synths and keys: this will be a delight to your ears as it was for mine. The whole of this long album is pure charm, poetry, and dynamics. Most of the songs are rather on the long side, but the short and delicate "Algemas de Cristal" has its own merit as well.
But it is of course during the longest parts that the band is reaching his whole potential. As such, "Guernica Em Nova York" is a marvel of a symphonic piece with fine mellotron and an incredible electric guitar finale. Great track, really. The music from this band is not revolutionary, but very harmonious and truly symphonic. No need to tell you that I quite like it.
The epic and closing track "Novella" is just a summary of what has preceded. It is an excellent manner to finish this fine and very pleasant work. That's the formula here.
No elaborate dance routines like a Take That show. Not even like a Rush, Jethro Tull or a Yes show. This is DVD done on the cheap You cannot and you shall not present this band as something they MP3) not.
What Index is, is exactly what you get here. Four honest men, playing honest symphonic prog. No bombs, no flashing lights and no female dancers. This DVD is like inviting Index into your own home or local cafe.
I think you may get the script now The music is symphonic prog with strong homage to Camel. The music is good and that is excellently conveyed by the two camera men. One of them are too fond of being in this DVD himself by sometimes being too close to the action. But he is forgiven. The audience is also taking part here and creates a good mood. I do not understand the local language Portugese, I believebut the small talk between the songs enhance this DVD.
But the Index stuff is good. There MP3) nothing bad here. But watching this gig is hardly an exciting experience. The xtra stuff is good too. In short, this is a good DVD made Dominion - Various - Defected In The House - Ibiza 2013 a budget, but which still does as it says on the tin.
No less, no more. This is their second album and the first one with vocals. The music is somewhere in the Genesis and Camel area.