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TRIANA (EL PATIO)

Triana

 

Symphonic Prog

4.16 | 125 ratings

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progismylife
4 stars Awesome Prog Andaluz

I was recommended this band by Erik Neuteboom and I was intrigued by the prog-flamenco I had been told about. I spent most of the Christmas money I had left over on this album as I was very excited to hear this pivotal Spanish prog band.

The music brought joy to my heart as the flamenco guitar is beautiful. Jesus de la Rosa's lyrics and singing is a great match for the Spanish folk present on this album. You do not need to understand Spanish to feel the emotion put behind the words (though if you can read Spanish you will be able to see how poetic the lyrics are).

Many of the songs are similar to the opener, Abre la Puerta, so I will concentrate most of my review on this song. It starts off with a great intro of flamenco guitar, piano, and a choir mellotron. The guest musicians on here, Antonio Perez - electric guitar, Manolo Rosa - bass guitar, do a good job of adding some lovely musical pieces to this song. The keyboards and flamenco guitar are the main instruments responsible for the shifting moods and atmospheres. This album has a goosebump moment on here. Around six minutes, the flamenco guitar plays a repeating measure while the choir mellotron is used perfectly to create an awe-inspiring atmosphere. What really gets me, though, is the electric guitar playing a wonderful solo as it is slowly faded in over this to create a perfect goosebump moment.

Overall this album contains wonder flamenco guitar with great accenting keyboards and very rhythmic, fitting drumming. If you are interested in flamenco prog or Spanish folk even, I would suggest this as a place to start. It is not a masterpiece for me because some of the tracks some a bit too similar and the moods eventually seem to be the same with a casual listen to the album. It loses its magical moment after the first few listens but it is still a good addition to any prog collection. 4/5 stars.

progismylife | 4/5 |

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