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Serú Girán


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The album that brought the band to the Argentine masses! While it is a step-down in artistic value and complexity, it is an excellent addition to their discography, containing some classics and remaining prog-related.

The jazz-rock diminished greatly and was replaced with pure ballads and in-your-face rockers. the moog synthesizer usage diminished greatly as well, minimizing the 'progressive' sound. The poetry became less complex and more direct, with some political lyrics that almost cost these musicians jail time (remember the "Dirty War"). The progressive elements stay mostly in the song structures.

"La Grasa De Las Capitales" is an "in-your-face" progressive rocker with addictive anthemic vocals, several time and style changes, and an instrumental section recycled from Sui Generis' 'Tango en Segunda' which was also written when the Military was taking over my nation. I love these tight songs that they make, which bring many musical ideas and never stretch them.

"San Fransisco y el Lobo" is closer to Sui Generis as it's only an acoustic guitar and vocals. Good melodies, but a bit simple for my tastes.

"Perro Andaluz" is another tight song with several ideas that are not underdeveloped dispire the short duration of the track. All the musicians have their chances to shine here.

"Frequencia Modulada" is a latin-rock song with a somewhat jazzy and adventurous instrumental section. The melodies and riffs here are solid as usual.

"Paranoia y Soledad" is the least accessible track due to its lengthy duration and focus on the instrumentation, just like the epic of their debut album. The singers stretch their vocals and vocalize without words. The piano and guitar arrangements are exquisite once you warm up to this extremely slow and mellow song. The song ends with the melodies being played with the fretless guitar and the band joining in.

"Noche de Perros" is another lengthy track and is even better. This is the darkest and most bitter-sounding song in here. The bass is dominating the guitar and the harmony vocals are back. The closest to a pop hook is the "na na na" wordless vocalizations because of the melody. When this song reaches the instrumental section, prepare to be amazed! David Lebón finally plays a jaw-dropping guitar solo and the music builds up into a conclusion that is nothing short of epic. Easily the best song in this album.

"Viernes 3AM" is a very depressing song that stands among their best-known tunes. The melodies are outstanding and the musical arrangements are gorgeous. at Minute 3, a very nice bass solo is played along with catchy "la la la" wordless vocals. One major complaint that stop it from being a highlight for me is the ticking clock that overstays its welcome.

"Los Sobrevivientes" is an odd progressive rock song that is almost completely driven by the vocals and keyboards. Some of the synth sounds are unique and really work for the solos.

"Cancion de Hollywood" is adventurous like most of the tracks here, but this song never clicked on me. I don't enjoy the melodies in the beginning though the second half is better and doesn't leave a sour taste after the album finishes.

This is another great album from Seru Giran, but you should buy their albums in chronological order in my opinion. I actually found this one harder to get into, even if it is considered more radio-friendly.

Zitro | 4/5 |


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