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LA GRASA DE LAS CAPITALES

Seru Giran

 

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4.06 | 43 ratings

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Marcos
4 stars Paranoia y Soledad

Great second album by Serú Girán; this one is another very eclectic album: we can say that SG is a prog-related band... but if we want to be precise, we have to say that SG is much more than that. First, Serú has got four large sources of music: rock'n'roll, classical music, jazz (fusion, jazz rock, modern jazz) and tango. David Lebon came from bands like Polifemo, Pescado Rabioso (both of hard rock). Oscar Moro was the drummer of many argentinian bands like Los Gatos (a beat band first argentinian band with Lyrics in Spanish), La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros (symphonic rock). Charly Garcia came from Sui Generis (folk and symphonic rock), Porsuigieco (folk symphonic rock) and La Máquina; he was pianist when he was a boy, and became rocker keyboardist since Sui Generis. Pedro Aznar was 17 when Seru Giran was born; Aznar plays a fretless bass and he's a great composer and can play lots of instruments. In 1983, Aznar left the band because he began to study at Berklee and play with Pat Metheny. This album has got a better quality of sound than the previous album.

La Grasa de las Capitales is an ironic and pejorative song about the famous people; It's quite amusing. The music begins with a little choir and then the band appears with a latin-nfluenced rhythm. But also there is some of tango in the melodies. The vocal arrangement is awesome.*****

San Francisco y el lobo is a typical Lebon's ballad. An acoustic guitar and a voice. A short and emotional song.***

Perro Andaluz; I could describe this song as a strange classic rock song, may be with some of jazz-rock. Listen to the instrumental part... It`s just Serú Girán... what can I say?.****

Frecuencia Modulada... what a curious style: some of funk, may be, some of jazz, may be, or just classic rock... I don't know... Just listen to it.****

Paranoia y Soledad is a masterwork. It's an emotional song with a complex music of jazz-rock and symphonic rock. Here, the main voice is Pedro Aznar (always, the main voices are Lebon and Garcia). Great performance by Aznar and his mates. If you are a Weather Report fan, you have to listen to this work*****

Noche de perros: the sad climax increases. The song is very intense. A not complex composition with a very well arrangement. The coda is awesome!.****

Viernes 3AM: the saddest song. It tells about the suicide. Lyrics are a piece of poetry. Beautiful and depressive song. Listen to the bass solo, it's really nice.****

Los sobrevivientes is another masterpiece. It's a kind of tango with dark voices. The piano work is awesome. The arrangement is comparable to a great symphonic rock's work.*****

Canción de Hollywood is a sad (melancólica, in Spanish) and strong song. Again, I can't describe this track, because it's much more than a classic rock song. The arrangement is complex, strong, emotional.****'

Serú Girán is, for me, much more than a prog-related band. Probably, it could be in the Eclectic prog or Crossover rock sub- genres. This album deserves 4.3 stars for me, because of the eclecticism and the high level of compositions and arragement. Besides of that, lyrics are nice. The cover art is a satire of a famous magazine of famous people's gossips. It's in connection with the first song.

Average rating: 4.3 stars

Marcos | 4/5 |

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