Friday 18 August 2017
Mugen - Leda et le Cygne (1986)
The second album from this Japanese band.
Mugen was a seven piece big band with a lineup of mellotron, keyboards, bass, drums, flute, violin, guitars, piano and vocals.
Their 1984 debut album Sinfonia Della Luna was a good album. You can read my review here. So I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into Leda Et Le Cygne.
The band has taken big step towards baroque classical and folk music on this album. The vocals has also been pushed forward in the mix. Not that I understand a word of the French or English (???) the vocalist is singing. His voice is really high and typical for Japanese vocals.
The music is baroque and clearly rooted in classical music with a lot of rock influences too. This is Japanese symphonic prog.
Unfortunate, the music is a bit bland and is not really that interesting. There is a lot of interesting details here. But the art of good song writing and technical interesting music has bypassed Mugen on this album, I am afraid.
This album is therefore an almost-good album. An album which is close to making it, but which is failing in that respect. It is still worth checking out.