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Advertised as Hungarian world music (seems like a contradiction in terms to me), this is an album with many well-known prog musicians of Solaris and East.
After typing in all this stuff of who is playing what it is a bit of a bummer to find out what kind of music there is on this album, which, given the names of the people involved, gives some promise.
What we hear is what they tend to call Hungarian folk, but in which I hear too many echoes of the likes of Franke (on Celestine Prophecy), Enigma and Yanni with many world music additions (Indians singing a-lee-a-hee-a-hah and so forth). For instance opener Mitocondrial Eyes has these female vocals, lots of percussion, a few Indian vocalists. I think it is muzak, but maybe you have other ideas. Panflute, sax, hasty piano and percussion we find on the (balkan) folk melody of Barbaro.
Again jeehaha singing on Shaman-celebration which might remind some of Flairck with all the flute. Gregorian features, surprise!, Gregorian chants with a sound like Mexican jumping beans. Ritual Song features some Greek influences (sirtaki) with a kind of accordeon playing. The music continues to have a folk feel and is simple and melodic. The female vocalist on this track is very good.
After the almost a-capella Phantom Dance (with a melody very similar to the previous song), we come to the television series music of Our Times... Think Erdenklang and later IC here with weak sax at the end.
Arabic phrasings on Israel, a slow dramatic track which turns out to be too melodic and faint. Modern rhythms are also present, on Virtual Days. Sharp guitar playing, with cosmic effects and a little psychedelica. Later, a sop sax a la Kenny G and the melody sounds familiar (Nostradamus?).
After the scatting on Liliana we finish with the flatness of Present Song. Nice melodies, but it is all too tame.
NOT recommended. Not even to Solaris fans.