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4.16 | 180 ratings

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4 stars After slightly panning their debut, it's my turn to be mollified by a great, well-rounded album.

"Los Delirios del Mariscal" shows Crucis at their most together, revealing that they have the ability to pace themselves and to massage their music into the listener's ears instead of yelling excerpts of it at random, ala their debut. All four tracks are strong this time, and mostly know and obey their own boundaries. The opening track is actually outstanding, and I wouldn't change a thing about it, from the funky-frosty beginning to it's sensitive, meter-optional verse-chorus component, right up to its proud finale. The best thing is that, although I have my personal favourite, each track balances the others and nothing steals the show - the good material is spread evenly across the album, so be thankful.

There are still moments where too much soloing is happening over a lazy groove, or where the guitarist is wearing his Gilmour mask a little too much, but perhaps that's a plus point for you proto/psyche-heads. A lot of repitition occurs, and "Abismo Terrenal" - the longest piece - can feel a lot like an Eloy instrumental, where a very long bluesy solo is disguised by the shifting dynamics provided by the guitarist's bandmates.

The best way nowadays to hear this album is to buy the package "Kronologia" which comprises both of Crucis' albums. Although I had harsh things to say about their debut, each of those older songs makes a suitable appetiser to the more refined work they precede.

laplace | 4/5 |


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