Artista: Spin XXI
Género: Rock sinfónico
Lista de Temas:
1. Sensações Diversas
2. Buscando Algo De Novo
3. Conflitantes Paranóias
Part 1 Sec. XX
Part 2 Sec. XXI
4. Ventos Do Passado
1. Sensações Diversas
2. Buscando Algo De Novo
3. Conflitantes Paranóias
Part 1 Sec. XX
Part 2 Sec. XXI
4. Ventos Do Passado
- Kakao Figueiredo / Vocals and occasional instruments
- Tatoo Magdalena / Guitars, violins and vocals
- Eraldo Marcio Correa / Keyboards
- Sylvio Sa Correa / Drums and percussion
- Marcello De Alexandre Venancio / Bass, bass pedals, violins and vocals
Antes que nada: ¡muy buen álbum!. Se los recomiendo, llévenlo con los ojos cerrados.
Ahora sí, empezamos con el comentario del disco (y del grupo):
Spin XXi es una veterana banda brasileña (ooootra más, pero por suerte estos cantan en su idioma natal ¡menos mal!), y tan veterana que sus orígenes datan de la década de los 70's. En los 70´s se llamaban Spin, no encontré discos editados, pero hay fotos de un recital en el estadio Fluminense en 1973. Esa banda fue formada por cinco compañeros de colegio fanáticos de bandas como Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant, y también de músicos locales folclóricos como Milton Nascimento o Beto Guedes. Su historia resulta curiosa pues nunca obtuvieron reconocimiento alguno, y pasaron por continuas disoluciones y reagrupaciones... por más de veinte años!!
Tras un largo lapsus, se reunieron en el 2002 para resucitar este proyecto para el nuevo milenio. Ya finalmente decididos a dedicarse a la música y a la banda de toda una vida, el año 2002 componen los temas que serían los definitivos del disco "Contraponto", lanzado el año 2006. "Contraponto" fue su primer disco oficial, y en tanto tal, su edición supone toda una revancha contra el destino.
En "contraponto" encontramos una banda sólida, de intérpretes con un gran dominio en sus instrumentos, la influencia de las bandas setenteras se deja notar claramente en su dúo de sintetizadores a veces atmosféricos, a veces ultra melódicos y frenéticos, o a veces haciendo de un exquisito piano de romántico tardío, y en un bajo que no se conforma con su función "tradicional" de marcar tónicas o dominantes, sino que se involucra como un agente melódico más, al puro estilo Cris Squire. La línea musical desarrollada en “Contraponto” exuda inocultablemente las influencias del colorido lírico de Yes y la magia evocativa de Genesis, añadiendo a esta amalgama estandarizada ese sabor melódico tan propio del rock sinfónico latinoamericano, y como buenos brasileños son fieles a su rica tradición musical.
Es entendible entonces que entre tanto tejido de melodías simultáneas aparezca el nombre del contrapunto como eje conciliador, que aparece en sus rítmicas irregulares, mucha referencia a la composición clásica, y en el trabajo cuasi recitativo y teatral de la voz, cargada de expresividad, con el drama típico de la voz de Peter Gabriel en Genesis o Fish en Marillion (bueno, salvando distancias).
Queda clara la experiencia de los músicos pues aparece una madurez musical inesperada para un disco debut.
‘Sensaçoes Diversas’ y ‘Buscando Algo de Novo’ ocupan juntos los primeros 17 minutos del disco, siendo temas plagados de un aura optimista y celebratoria bastante patente. El primero cuenta con un gancho suficientemente llamativo como para enamorar de entrada al nostálgico de Yes, Genesis y Camel. El segundo tiene un aire muy similar aunque su dosis de sofisticación musical es notoriamente mayor. Los solos de guitarra y teclado tienen bastante dinamismo, bien armados sin caer en pirotecnias asombrosas, mientras que la sección rítmica se mueve sólidamente a través de su labor fundacional. Los cambios de ambientes y motivos son más recurrentes que los cambios de ritmos: de hecho, el material tiene una complejidad progresiva de mediano desarrollo, pero dada la capacidad de las melodías y el carisma especial de Figuereido al canto, podemos ciertamente aseverar que la dosis de sofisticación empleada en estos dos temas es la adecuada. Podemos decir que la estrategia usada por Spin XXI para recrear un sonido moderno para estas composiciones que tienen larga data los pone en semejanza con otros notables nombres del sinfonismo moderno de su país, como son Dogma y Tempus Fugit, aunque también se puede señalar cierta familiaridad con Mangala Vallis en su faceta más ambiciosa.César Inca
La suite de dos partes ‘Conflitantes Paranoias’ ocupa un espacio de 15 minutos, resultando la pieza más compleja del disco. La presencia de varias secciones acústicas (donde destacan duetos de guitarras acústicas o de violaos) en medio de los pasajes más intensamente rockeros permite a esta pieza crear un paisaje variado donde los diversos motivos se suceden en una ilación efectiva y compacta. La sección final porta una ambientación bombástica medida y moderada, con un solo de guitarra flotante muy a lo Hackett y unos complementos de teclado que ayudan mucho a completar los espacios aludidos por los rasgueos de guitarra acústica en el fondo: una joya particular dentro del disco, en verdad. Finalmente, el disco se cierra con ‘Ventos do Passado’, un tema que ahonda en los aires bucólicos plasmados en los momentos más serenos de la suite precedente. Imaginemos una de las piezas acústicas más amables del primer Hackett (aunque las guitarras clásica y acústica de 12 cuerdas son reemplazadas por una guitarra acústica y dos violaos) mezclada con una balada pastoral de Renaissance, pero contando con Wakeman en los teclados concentrado en los recuerdos de cuando grabó sus intervenciones para ‘And You and I’. Ésta es la forma en que termina este bonito disco de Spin XXI, un grupo que - ahora lo sabemos - tiene algo importante que ofrecer a la escena rock sinfónica de su país y para los amantes del rock progresivo del mundo entero. Ojalá “Contraponto” fuera un poco más largo: sus poco más de 40 minutos se sienten un poco cortos para el paladar melómano empático con este tipo de propuestas.
Spin XXI (the refurbished name for the refurbished veteran Brazilian band Spin) managed, with the release of their album "Contraponto", to take revenge against the forces of Fate that had prevented them from releasing anything during their seminal years in the distant 70s. What we have here is an attractive and effective catalogue of symphonic prog pieces heavily inspired by the evocative magic of vintage Genesis and the peculiar colorfulness of Yes (in their Wakeman-eras). You can also notice some added touches of Camel's melodic sense, which allow the guitar and keyboard input provide an energetic dynamics to the main compositional ideas. Spin XXI's offering is very closely related to your regular symphonic rock bands from Latin America, but keep in mind that these guys are real children of the 70s and not mere revivalists. Well, the album's first 17 minutes are occupied by 'Sensaçoes Diversas' and 'Buscando Algo de Novo'. The opener bears a very catchy feel, something that the Genesis/Yes fan will find quite appealling. The optimistic vibe is consistntly continued by the second track, which is also longer and more sophisticated. This one is particularly featured by the emergence of excellent guitar and keyboard leads, full of virtuosity without getting into exaggerated pyrotechnics. The rhythm section works perfectly well, sustaining the dynamics of the rockier sections and the relaxing mood of the softer ones. That being said, it would be accurate to note down that the motif shifts are more recurrent than the rhythm changes - the band is clearly interested in keeping a constraint profile regarding the expansion of the musical ideas. That is tru even for their most ambitious number, the 2-part suite 'Conflitantes Paranoias'. Filling a 15 3/4 minute span, this piece finds the band working at the top of their creative strength in order to complement teh rockier sections and the acoustic moments in a cohesive marriage. For the acoustic moments, the instrumentation is based on dual acoustic guitars or interactions between violao and guitar, which creates a genuine bucolic spectrum. The final section is a well accomplished climax: those soaring guitar lines (very Hackettesque) find an adequate match in the keyboard adornments in the development of the solemn motif. This could have been a great closure for the album, but this specific privilege is for 'Ventos do Passado'. For this one, Spin XXI decided to focus on their pastoral side making a mixture of acoustic Hackett and Renaissance 70s ballad, with a touch of Wakeman in the keyboard department. Even though "Contraponto" feels a bit too short, it must be regarded as an excellent item for any good symphonic prog collection - Spin XXI vindicated themselves gloriously with thsi album.César Inca
Contraponto is a fair debut for a band now with more than 30 years "on the road" and it's a pity they stayed for so a long time freezing since the musical quality and skill of their members is blatantly noticeable.Atkingani
That said, I enjoyed particularly band musicianship, however I have to confess that vocals annoyed me a bit - singer should avoid the overextension of the final R, a characteristic of the carioca accent (I am myself a carioca, native of Rio de Janeiro, and I know how this feature sounds quaint when singing, although it may sound tasteful in a day-to-day conversation). He should sing in a more relaxed way, perhaps we may hear it in their next album - I'm pretty sure it'll be produced soon.
'Sensações diversas', the opening track has an EL&P-type intro going quickly to a YES-like segment that keep the hearer's attention. The middle section shows band's signature with massive instrumentation where guitar and keyboards overrule, vocals here are correct and the song flows brightly, almost brilliantly.
'Buscando algo de novo', the following track, starts with fine fingerstyled tunes soon replaced by a nice keyboard action; then comes the spoken lyrics that add very few to the general pleasant atmosphere; the following singing part is interesting even sporting my abovementioned annoyance. Anyway, when the instruments take control of the song, the result is great. Synthesizer multiple solos are really exceptional.
'Conflitantes paranóias' is a kind of short epic, split into 2 tracks. Lyrics are more than average but again there's no need to extend the final R. Part 1 has some enjoyable moments even being excessively lengthy and sometimes repetitive, but the theme grows steadily at Part 2, with an overall grandiose band effort.
'Ventos do passado' closes the album in a good manner, a real catchy song. It disputes with the opening track the title of being album's highest point.
As a final word, I'd like to state that my criticism to the singing work has more to do with the treatment given to the songs than with the singer himself - in this case, a clear production flaw. SPIN XXI's singer has a powerful voice with a nice timbre that should be better conducted. I hope this minor issue could be solved in their next production.
Considering that tracks are agreeable to listen to, the band's highly qualified instrumentation and mainly the history behind the scenes, I rate this album as a good addition even non-essential.
This album has been in my collection for some time before I gave it some spins. A lot of spins, in fact. The music is very pleasing to the ear. It is also pretty generic symphonic prog in the vein of Genesis. Make that; Peter Gabriel and Genesis at their most theatrical. That's why I also want to add Ange, Cathedral and Yes as references. The music is both based on keyboards and guitars. But Spin XXI does it their way and they have their own identity. But I am not convinced I would be able to spot a Spin XXI song if this album featured in a blind- test together with nine other symphonic prog albums.toroddfuglesteg
The songs are pretty long and full of interesting details. The musicians obviously knows what they are doing. The sound is a blend of 1970s and the noughties (21st century). Most of the music is pretty pastorial. Just like the Foxtrot album by Genesis. This makes this album a pretty nice experience. Quality wise, it is not more than a good album. There is no real killer tracks here too. Neither is there any weak tracks too. Spin XXI should be happy with this album. Can we get another, please?
Don't believe the presentation of the band in this site: Spin XXI's sound is totally regressive. There's nothing new or particularly contemporary in their music. That said, I must confess that this is a wonderful symphonic prog album. Keyboards remind me the italian greats, specially Le Orme and PFM, while Gabriel's Genesis is another obvious reference. The keyboard work of Eraldo Correia is very good, the highest point of this album. But the musicians as a whole are a good team, and the clean production makes the keyboard sounds at the front of the speakers. Now, the low point: the singer is far from the same league as his band's comrades. Sometimes awful, others embarrasing, but acceptable most of time: that's the best thing I can say about Kakao Figueiredo. Lyrics are very bad too, in some points ridiculous, but I really don't care about lyrics in music. My problem with Kakao is his wanna-be theatrical posture, that is simply a distasteful thing in a singer that has a medium range and lacks personal style. Nowadays I don't buy any album before listen to it. I dowloaded Contraponto and I'm buying it now. I recommend this practice to anyone who wants to explore minor or unknown bands and/or albums, because some times reviews - even the balanced ones, as here in PA - can led you to mistakes (in my case, Rick Wakeman's No Earthly Connection). Overall this is very good three-stars album. I can't give more stars because I'd be cheating people who don't know the real symphonic prog classics. Everyone must do their symph prog homework (all symphonic Italian greats, English giants plus Kansas, Focus and some other guys) before start to listen the minor but nice figures. That's my opinion.Alexandre Machado
When you put Contraponto on, the first thing you will say to yourself is: "Yes!" The sound and style of Brazilian Spin XXI is indeed exactly like Wakeman era Yes meets Hackett era Genesis. The musicianship is on par with the ancient giants, the sound production is good and the music is really excellent. Long songs full of mood and tempo changes and awesome instrumental passages.Poohkali
I really wish that would have been the end of this review, but unfortunately there is one more thing that needs reviewing; the infuriating singer Kakao Figueiredo. It's not that he can't sing or stay on tune or anything, but his theatrical style and Portuguese language annoys the living hell out of me. But this is no reason to leave this great debut album unpurchased, because as I said, the music and musicianship is excellent.
Mr. Figueiredo, if you happen to see this... Calm down, man.
A few weeks ago I set up a thread entitled "Is South-America becoming the new progrock leader?" It was visited well and especially my fellow collaborators from that continent joined it with enthousiastic and also proud comments! Well the story continues because after GALF, Tarkus, Diapasao and Astralis, here's another new and interesting South-American progrock formation, the five piece band Spin from Brazil. The four melodic compositions (between 7 and 11 minutes) on this debut CD sound very tasteful, elaborate and alternating and you will find some interesting musical ideas.Erik Neuteboom
1. Sensaçoes Diversas (7.04) : We can enjoy very pleasant symphonic prog featuring sensitive electric guitar, wonderful modern keyboards and passionate native vocals with a slightly theatrical undertone. The climates range from dreamy with acoustic guitar to mid-tempo with organ and propulsive guitar and bombastic with a lush keyboard sound.
2. Buscando Algo De Novo (10.18) : This varied song contains a mid-tempo with fluent interplay between guitar and keyboards, again those passionate vocals, a beautiful part with acoustic guitar overdubs, orchestral keyboards and an up-tempo rhythm with catchy synthesizer flights and quite raw and heavy guitar play. The music reminds me frequently of 70-77 Genesis because of the Banks-like organ and ARP Pro Solist synthesizer sound, Hackett-inspired guitar work (including volume pedal) and the bass pedals.
3. Conflitantes Paranoias:
Parte 1 Sec XX (10.54) : Some musical surprises with jazzy piano and wah-wah guitar, then wonderful parts featuring classical guitar and Grand piano and in the end a fluent rhythm with flashy synthesizer runs.
Parte 2 Sec XXI (4.48) : The first part contains acoustic rhythm guitar and dreamy vocals, then it becomes more compelling with great keyboards, howling guitar and bass pedals and the final part delivers breathtaking choir-Mellotron samples and strong vocals, very moving!
4. Ventos Do Passado (7.43) : This final track sounds a bit folky with warm acoustic guitar and passionate vocals, halfway blended with slow synthesizer flights, very tasteful.
I am sure that this wonderful symphonic prog album will please many progheads, recommended!
I am, from time to time, awestruck with some albums that I have. This is one of them.Caio "Dot" César
Spin XXI is the debut of a band that is over 35 years old, hailing from the city of Niterói, on the state of Rio de Janeiro. They were pretty famous in Niterói and Rio back in their time, specially for their legendary live shows. Spin's bootlegs were known in the city's prog circles, despite not being broadly available. Only recently, however, the band had the oportunirty to record an official album.
When I first had the opportunity to buy their album (really, really cheap by the way) and listen to it, I was really not impressed. In fact, I hated the album. I did everything I could to get my money back, but because it was sold with a mega discount, one of the rules of such enormous discount was that the CDs/DVDs bought could not be returned. Sure it was kind of bad, but the album was so cheap that I just conformed myself and put that album in the shelf for a long time.
More than two years after buying the album, and still having mostly bad memories about it, I decided to give it another spin, and to my surprise, the album that once was one of my least favorite ever did not sounded as bad anymore. The features which I considered negative back then were not as offensive to my ears and some even started sounding good, believe it or not. Maybe roaming more into the world of progressive rock music allowed me to appreciate more different kinds of that kind of music, but who knows? Maybe their music just needed the right time to settle down and be propperly appreciated, like so many other albums.
One of the main problems that I had was their instrumental work. It does not fit with any specific pre-existing progressive rock pattern. They aren't similar to any big band. They are symphonic alright, but they sound like themselves, period. Also, their music is not something that you can fall in love at first sight (at least for me and for most people that I know). The mix of progressive rock, brazillian rock and ethnic music they do does not help in classifying them, making their music even more unique.
The vocals are quite different too. Firstly because they are not propperly sung. The vocalist does something between speaking words (as if he was reading a poetry) and singing. Definitely not a common thing. Secondly the vocalist's accent is really, really strong, and strong accents are never good.
Now I think that most of those issues (both regarding their music and the vocals) are actually positive. The unlikeness of the band's music makes it quite interesting to listen and the unusual vocals add another positive point in their favor. The accent still sound pretty bad, however.
Grade and Final Thoughts
Listening to this album recently has been an incredibly good positive surprise. The last place which I expected to see such a great display of progressive rock was all this time resting in my CD shelf.
If you are interested in listening to some unique progressive rock with a 70's twist, go and get this album! Therefore, the rating must be 4 stars.
Spin XXI is one of the intresting prog acts coming from Brazil in last decade with one album released so far. They are little known outside of their country, but in Brazil they have a live cult status, they are active since mid '80s going under different names and performed at many many festivals. First album issued in 2006 named Contaponto is a great symphonic prog album with that typical latin feel remind me of Le Orme or O Terco but also from british school like Yes for example. Also they have a sighty theratrical aproach in places not far from Ange, special in vocal department. The music is tastfully done, lots of excellent moments here, melodic guitars, running keyboards and to me a very solid vocal parts. Even for many the vocal arrangements are the weakest point of the album, I really like it thetrical vocal lines sung in portugues is not every day I heare, really good job from Kakao Figueiredo, fitinh perfectly into this kind of music. Quite complicated symphonic prog with elaborated passages like on Buscando Algo De Novo, maybe the best tune of the album. Overall an excellent band and album, to unnoticed worlwide, this album definetly show a mature work , in many parts reminescent of glory days of the 70. I like it a lot and for that 4 stars, nice art work.Bogdan Olariu
Spin XXI is a 21st century reincarnation of a Brazilian band that was formed in the early '70s. Five musicians living in the Rio de Janeiro / Niteroi area in Brazil got together for the first time in 1972. They were very active as a live band but never got a chance to record their material. The band undergoes a line-up change in 1979 and as a result changes its name into Contraponto. They continue to be a solid presence on stages throughout Brazil, taking part to countless festivals, playing live in schools and colleges.Eddie Lascu
Years have passed and in 2002 the band reforms under the Spin XXI moniker. New century, new ambition to retrieve that old flame that drove them early in their lives. It was the right time to finally record and release all those musical ideas born in the '70s.
The album, sporting an absolute gorgeous cover, was released in 2006 by Rock Symphony in Brazil and the worldwide and by Musea Records in the European Community and Russia.
The band is led by Kakao Figuiredo – main vocals, keyboards, guitars and percussion. Kakao is also the producer of the album. The other four members are Eraldo Marcio Correa – keyboards, a player that draws a lot of influence from Tony Banks, Tatoo Magdalena – electric and acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Silvio Sa Correa – drums and percussion and Marcelo of Alexander Venancio – bass guitar, Moog and backing vocals.
The album has 4 tracks, none shorter than 7 minutes. The lyrics are sung in Portuguese by Kakao Figuiredo. His dramatic, theatrical voice is something similar to what Fish was doing for Marillion. Is strange, because I am tempted to compare Spin XX! With Marillion a lot, although they must have developed their musical identity long before Marillion came into being.
The first two tracks have a definitive Gabriel-era Genesis vibe. Several keyboard parts will certainly remind you of Tony Banks. In fact this is visible throughout the entire album and it's not just the keyboard that borrow from Banks' sound, but also the guitars often sound like those of Howe and Hackett. Just listen to the solo in "Buscando Algo De Novo" and tell me that is not from "The Lamb...".
The third track, also the longest, is "Conflitantes Paranoias" (Conflicting Paranoias) - a suite in two parts. The first part is dedicated to the 20th century, while the second part, obviously, deals with the 21st century. It’s here where we get the most Marillion-like sound. One could swear that this is an outtake of Marillion’s “Jigsaw”.
This may be recorded in the 21st century, but the music preserves magically the symphonic rock spirit of the '70s. If you are not bothered by someone trying to turn back time, get this album. After all, you can pretend it was released in the '70s when the music was actually composed. “Contraponto” will please the souls of Gabriel-era Genesis and early Marillion fans.
Un álbum muy pero muy recomendable para todos los cabezones que quieran escuchar algo nuevo que les recuerde muchas cosas ya escuchadas, pero manteniendo esa cuota de originalidad necesaria para cualquier buena obra. Esto no es una copia de nada, los muchachos lograron un sonido propio y un muy buen e interesante despliegue de musicalidad, energía, dinamismo y buen gusto.
Les recomiendo este álbum, ustedes hagan lo que quieran, pero yo se los recomiendo. Después no digan que no les avisé.