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Track List: 1. Enough 1:44 2. Anfa 5:29 3. Factotum 15:42 4. Outright 1:49 5. Autumn Down 7:02 6. 1980 3:27 7. The Sweet Year of 1973 1:57 8. Where Whisky Comes From 2:18 9. Gotta Play 3:23 10. Across the Time 5:34 11. Pick-a-Slick A 2:41 12. The Sweet Year of 1974 13. Round Trip 11:57 All tracks are: either by Malaria or Menezes, except: 2 & 3: by Malaria & Menezes, & 9: by Borges & Menezes. Line-up: Paulo Malaria - keyboards Ary Menezes - basses & acoustic guitar Renato Borges - electric guitars Mario Costa - drums With: Reppolho - percussion (on 6) Produced by Malaria. Engineered by P. Cardoso at his own studio A-Mix.
Preamble. Although the Brazilian band Acidente has existed since 1978, "Technology" is only the fourth official album by them. All three of the previous CDs of the band were released during the 1990s. These are "Quebre Este Disco" (1991, was reissued with bonus tracks in 2000), "Gloomland" (1994), and "Farawayers" (1996).
The Album. Everything is highly original and both very complex and intriguing on this all-instrumental album. The soloing parts of each of the band members are here not only masterful and intricate, but also very tasteful. Overall, there are little repetitions on "Technology". Most of the tracks here feature lots of different musical events, directions, and dimensions that change each other more than merely frequently and almost exclusively with the use of complex measures. As for the stylistic aspects of this very technical (sorry, masterful) "Technology", there is somewhat of a divine between the six and the seventh tracks of it. With the exception of the 'side-long' epic Factotum (3), all compositions that are bunched up on the first half of the CD (tracks 1 to 6) are about Classic Symphonic Art-Rock with elements of Classic Prog-Metal, all of which, nevertheless, has a very fresh, truly modern feel to it. These are Enough, Anfa, Outright, Autumn Down, and 1980. I always feel a great pleasure when I hear passages and solos of an acoustic guitar that are interwoven with basic musical textures, and all four of the pieces that are located on tracks from 2 to 5, including the epic Factotum, are very rich in wonderful, 'acoustically electric', arrangements. Overall, 1980 (6) is closer to Enough (1), as there are neither solos nor passages of an acoustic guitar on both of them. Apart from the other arrangements though, 1980 features the unique and amazing interplay between the symphonic passages of piano and quite specific solos of hand percussion instruments performed here by a guest musician. The parts of piano however, are featured only on a couple of tracks here (also - on 7), while those of strings are present on a few compositions. But then, the solos and passages of organ and (especially) synthesizer are practically ubiquitous on "Technology", as well as the parts of electric and bass guitars and, of course, those of drums. Well, it's time to describe the second half of the album, and I'll start doing it with the use of intentional repetitions, for which I am sorry as usual. So, with the exception of the albums closing track, Round Trip (13), which is another epic here, all compositions that are bunched up on the second half of this CD are notable for the presence of elements of Classical Music in their structures. Even though all of them were for the most part performed with Rock instruments and with the use of complex stop-to-play movements, etc, etc, in the arrangements, each of these pieces has a classical feel to it. The music on tracks 7, 10, 11, & 12 (see track list, if you find it necessary) represents a blend of Symphonic Art-Rock and Classical Music, and that on tracks 8 & 9 a union of both of the said genres with Prog-Metal. There are plenty of orchestral arrangements on most of the said tracks, though the passages and solos of acoustic guitar are present only on one of them: Across the Time (10). But then, 'acoustically electric' arrangements are notable on both of the epic compositions on the album: Factotum and Round Trip (3 & 13). The stylistics of both of them is a blend of Classic Symphonic Art-Rock and Prog-Metal, though on the first of them, purely symphonic textures alternate with those of Symphonic Prog-Metal.
Summary. In my honest opinion, all of the compositions that Acidente presented on their fourth official CD, "Technology", are masterpieces, though, of course, such large-scaled forms as those on the 'side-long' Factotum are especially attractive, as always. Here, I will once again dare to say that "Technology" is by many points on par with many of those essential Progressive Rock masterworks of the 1970s that we regard as the gold fund of it. Highly recommended!
VM: February 3, 2003
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