ARTIST:

COSMOGRAF

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

RATTRAPANTE

(2021)
LABEL:

AUTOPRODUCTION

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Hovering, Neo
"The qualities of "Rattrapante" are in accordance with the previous productions of Cosmograf, in a neo-progressive rock delivering beautiful guitar parts."
ABADDON (20.09.2021)  
3/5
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8 albums in 12 years! It's an understatement to say that Robin Armstrong is not idle... His Cosmograf project is almost a one-man-band: not only does he provide vocals, bass, guitars and keyboards on his latest album "Rattrapante", he also oversees the production, the recording in his personal studio and the distribution by his own label Gravity Dream Music. "Rattrapante" is, as usual with Cosmograf, a concept album, which deals with our relationship to time. As often with the concepts of progressive music, a theme vague enough to express all that one wants...

The Cosmograf way has not changed much since the excellent "When Age Has Done His Duty": a classical background carried by deep and melancholic synths, the guitar close to Pink Floyd in soaring solos, the whole dynamized by a rhythmic that can evoke Porcupine Tree. If the more cheerful shuffle of the title track is an exception to this rule, the rest of the album is in accordance with Robin Armstrong's habits, with a quality of sound always present and a six-string that delivers nice solo parts, whether it is on the beautiful intro of 'In 1985' or the remarkable flight in the two thirds of 'Memories Lie'. The process works very well, but (because there is a "but") the titles have a tendency to appear a little long and Robin uses atmospheric passages (the break of 'Rattrapante') or spoken texts (2 min. 30 in 'Time Will Flow', it is long) which smell the worn process.

And then there is the problem of the voice, which is a matter of personal taste. It remains that it appears as a gap between the quality of the instrumental parts and the vocal passages, where Robin presents himself clearly less to his advantage than behind his six-string. To be convinced of it, it is enough to listen to the rise in the high notes at three minutes of the end of 'I Stick to You' (the weakest title of the disc), one is at the limit of the fault of taste, just like the intervention "Are You Ready?" which contrasts with the soaring intro of 'In 1985'. It's as if the vocals on one side and the instruments on the other didn't speak the same language. Is it a question of vocal placement, sound recording, choice of mix? The result is not fully convincing.

Thus according to the sensitivity of each one, the feeling will vary between the blissful immersion and the (relative) annoyed disappointment. In any case, it is necessary to recognize the global quality of "Rattrapante", in accordance with the previous productions of Cosmograf.


More informations on http://www.cosmograf.co.uk





TRACK LISTING:
01. In 1985 - 12:43
02. Rattrapante - 09:42
03. I Stick To You - 06:49
04. Memories Lie - 08:27
05. Time Will Flow - 12:42

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Robin Amstrong: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers
   
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