Album: Ports of Lima
Label: Aksara Records
Rating: ***** out of *****
Standout Tracks: "Essensimo", "Senyum dari Selatan", "Merintih Perih", "Apatis Ria"
Sore's debut album, Centralismo, received praise from all quarters and many people wondered whether its sophomore album would be even half as good. However, the high quality of the band's second album, Ports of Lima, proves that the quintet is more than capable of rising to the occasion. The moment I heard the opening track, Bogor Biru (Blue Bogor) -- which is reminiscent of Chrisye's song, "Semusim (One Season)" -- I was in raptures. Sore was able to produce a wide range of songs, from jazzy ones like "Senyum" and "400 Elegi", to an anime-like song, "Come By Sanjurou". The cl...