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PERSONA

Alejandro Matos

 

Crossover Prog

3.22 | 19 ratings

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3 stars Persona is the 3rd full-length studio album by Argentinian artists Alejandro Matos. The album was independently released in 2006. The album is a "true" one- man project as multi instrumentalist Alejandro Matos handles all instruments and sings all vocals. As Iīm not familiar with the Spanish language, the lyrical concept is unfortunately lost on me, but Iīm told that Persona is a concept album, which is further supported by the fact that the album is divided into two chapters with a sort of interlude seperating them. The first chapter is called Deformacion and the 2nd chapter is called Revelacion. The atmospheric interlude is called Fracasos Bajo Fianza.

The music on the album is melancholic rock with progressive elements. Alejandro Matos sings with great passion and while not all melody lines are equally memorable, there are several occasions during the playing time that provide emotional impact. References to acts like Porcupine Tree and late seventies Pink Floyd are valid IMO. The musicianship is strong on the album and itīs obvious that Alejandro Matos is a skilled musician. The vocals could have been a bit more varied, but otherwise the vocal performance is good. Iīm sure that if I understood the lyrics the vocals would make even more of an impact on me. The drums on the album are programmed and if thereīs a complaint about the album itīs about the drums. They are pretty well programmed but music like this needs a "real" drummer IMO. Programmed drums that are meant to sound artificial can be a great part of a bandīs sound, but here the programmed drums work as a substitution to a real drummer and thatīs seldom a good idea. The songs are all of a good compositional quality and I really enjoy the more dark moments on the album like the almost chaotic/ aggressive opener Dos mil aņos de tierra or Guerra de silencios.

The production is good, but there are minor issues here and there. Considering that Persona is a self-produced affair, I think the sound is very decent though.

Persona has been a positive experience to me, and with minor adjustments Iīm positive that Alejandro Matos can reach an audience that will cherish his music. A 3 star rating is well deserved and while itīs not the fault of Alejandro Matos that I donīt understand the lyrics, I have a feeling that if I had understood the lyrics I would have given Persona another half star. I think itīs an album where you need to listen to the lyrics to get the full picture. On a sidenote Iīd like to mention the great cover artwork. Beautiful piece of art.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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