Reviewed by Satch on 01 Jun 2002
Well there are certainly some excellent moments on this album. A few throwbacks
to the Arti E Mestieri of yore. But overall its a mixed bag. Some smokin Mahavisnu
styled tunes and a few almost straight ahead jazz tunes and strangely some attempts
at what appear to be Smooth Jazz(Fuzak), Radio Airplay attempts? This is for the Fusion
fans out there who remember A-E-M from the 70's, but definately not for all. Being
a huge Fusion fan, well I like most of it! But one thing that stands out like a sore
thumb is the fact that Furio Chirico, their very abled and legendary drummer is obviously
the focus of the recording. But it seems the recording puts his drumming in front of the other
instruments and it sounds as if they are in the background. From all the musics I have heard this
seems like a unusual way to record a band. I find it a bit grating. I like this album, but
I am not sure what audience they were seeking to hear this effort.
Reviewed by DBSilver on 25 Jun 2002
This is an all-instrumental prog-fusion recording that sounds like Mahavishnu (to whom this band has been often compared) only on the borders although occasionally they do have sections that make for a stronger resemblance. It is however a beautiful album. It is less demanding on the listener than Finessterre, DFA (or Mahvishnu) primarilly because it is very melodic. In some ways it feels like a Shadowfax album and I would absolutely recommend this album to fans of that band. I loved this album from the very first notes.
It sure is well composed - and the complexities of the individual performances are masqued by the lyricism of the songs. Few bands succeed at hiding the technical calisthenics required to make their music as smoothly as what I have heard on Murales. Even so, if you listen hard (by this I mean loud) you will discover the chops are certainly on display. (I also love the inclusion of accordian in this recording). For those who are big Mahavishnu fans, don't let my softening of the comparision make you shy away from this album. Arti E Mestieri certainly do rock and the violin sound contributes very much to making such a comparison.
This is my first exposure to this band and it has made me a follower. It is so likable that they will definately get my hard earned cash for their next release - meanwhile I must go find their back catalog.