ARTIST:

ANIMA MUNDI

(CUBA)
TITLE:

THE WAY

(2010)
LABEL:

MUSEA

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Neo, Symphonic
"Anima Mundi shows with "The Way" that in the world of symphonic progressive rock, there are still ways to explore."
PETER HACKETT (05.11.2010)  
5/5
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South America (in the broadest sense of the word), as we already knew, is fertile ground for neo-progressive rock with a symphonic tendency and this new opus by Anima Mundi proves that Cuba can be associated with this Latin culture of generous music. With Jagannath Orbit in 2008, Anima Mundi confirmed that her first try (Septentrion) was not a stroke of genius without tomorrow. Doing better with this third album is therefore a difficult challenge that the Cuban combo had to succeed. Successful challenge? That is what we will determine now. Come with me, I'll show you The Way....

Built like a classic work with its alternating strong movements and more intimate passages, "Time To Understand" stretches its 14 minutes without any weakness. Whether festive or poignant, each portion of this composition is rich in sounds and melodies that make you travel to this final solo on guitar, beautiful to cry about, from which you do not come out unscathed.

If you wanted a little break, it's too late, because already an oboe sound reminiscent of Ravel's "Bolero" announces the main course of the album: "Spring Knocks On The Door Of Men" and its 26"32. Once again the music becomes symphonic and we can mention Renaissance a little after the eighth minute while around the eleventh minute, we hear Mike Oldfield. The vocal, which is correct without being a strong point of the group, takes in this piece Hogarthian intonations as pleasant as surprising. There would still be a lot to say about this title which goes from bounce to bounce without seeing the end of it and yet, when it comes to this end, only one word comes to mind: already? 

Unfortunately we have consumed more than 40 minutes of the time allocated to this CD and the last two tracks will only share a little more than 17 minutes!
But even in 8 or 9 minutes Anima Mundi can make the audience vibrate. "Flying To The Sun" begins like a Beatles song mixed with Procol Harum, with a pinch of Yes that leads us to a passage of great organs. And then there's another guitar solo and keyboard layers that will transform into a kind of Bach's original toccata. Finally, "Cosmic Man" and its soaring atmosphere gives us hope for a period of calm necessary to get our minds back on track... 

It's been a long time since I've reviewed such a rich album, which every listening makes even more exciting. Anima Mundi shows that in the world of symphonic progressive rock, there are still ways to explore, all it takes is a little genius and you find The Way!


More informations on http://www.animamundimusic.com



SIMILAR BANDS:
ELP, YES, SPOCK'S BEARD


TRACK LISTING:
01. Time To Understand - 13:59
02. Spring Knocks On The Door Of Men - 26:32
03. Flying To The Sun - 09:33
04. Cosmic Man - 08:18

LINEUP:
Carlos Sosa: Chant
Javier Mauri: Percussions (invité)
José Manuel Govin: Batterie
Mónica Acosta: Basson (invité)
Roberto Díaz: Chant / Guitares
Virginia Peraza: Claviers
Yailín Martinez: Flûte (invité)
Yaroski Corredera: Basse
   
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