Sunday, April 05, 2009

And God granted it

The Mexican band Acaponeta is not well known yet outside their own country, but with this release (their third album) things may change for them. Inspired by the likes of Camel and Caravan, this is modern progressive rock of high quality. The instrumental passages show very accomplished playing, whilst the addition of native American flutes and Mexican percussion creates a suitable exotic ambiance. The singing is adequate even though the voice of lead singer Jose Alvares requires some getting used to, and personally I would have preferred the lyrics to be in Spanish. The title song is a fascinating almost over the top religious anthem, with a church choir and a majestic organ reminiscent of Rick Wakeman. The highlight of the album though is the seven part suite Quetzacoatl - 22 minutes of sumptuous prog rock with all the changes in moods that such a lengthy composition requires. Highly recommended.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group (and an imaginary review), following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Acaponeta.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Voltaire: I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Oultet, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were High Tower Text 40 Black and Forte 80 Black, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.