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Trem do Futuro — Trem do Futuro
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 021, 1995, CD)

by Mike Ohman, 1997-02-01:

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If I'd had the chance to hear it last year, this would have been among my top 10 of '95. The six men that make up Trem do Futuro have a wonderous gift for melody and arrangement that any Italian band of the 70s would be proud of. They do have a touch of Latin flair to give them distinction, and singer Paulo Rossglow is one of the nicer (if not especially impressive) vocalists to come around in a while. The angelic flute playing, coupled with the tendency for the keyboardist to use electric piano-like sounds, give this album a slight retro feel. An excellent debut.


by Peter Thelen, 1996-03-01:

Trem do Futuro ("Future Train") is a young six-piece from Brazil that shows a lot of promise on this, their debut album. A standard four-piece of guitar / keyboards / bass / drums is rounded out with a dedicated lead vocalist and a flautist. Their style is rooted in classic progressive, with a touch of neo (can it be avoided?) and a big helping of folk influences woven right into the fabric of their music – much like the late, great 14Bis. The sound relies heavily on symphonics and grand visions for dynamics, with the folk underpinnings providing the color, and a fat bottom end that sometimes tends to get lost in the mix. Their sense of composition and arrangement is quite impressive; most of the tunes, while not overly long, are nonetheless quite involved and move through many ideas. Vocalist Paulo Rossglow sings the Portuguese lyrics with emotional savvy and power, though his voice always seems a bit too low in the mix. In fact, the underpowered and sloppy sound engineering is my only real gripe about this album – the opening track could be an example of how to do everything wrong at the mixing board. Still, this is a very solid debut from a band with a bright future, and certainly one to watch for in the future.


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