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4.14 | 164 ratings

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4 stars One of my critics of their first album was the fact that the tracks were too short, almost unfinished.

It seems that it won't be the case with their second (and last) one. Even if this album is extremely short, clocking at less than thirty-five minutes, it only holds four songs which leaves sufficient timing for developing their ideas in a more appropriate way.

And it is exactly what happens. While listening to the excellent opener "No Me Separen De Mi", one is fully surrounded with gorgeous music. Almost Italian symph: delicate, complex and very much Latin since this Argentinean band decided to sing in their native language (but this song is the only one with vocals). The first highlight.

But this album is full of great things. The wonderful instrumental and title track (clocking at just over ten minutes) is a sublime combination of guitar and keyboards. The spacey and long intro is particularly well crafted. It investigates some more jazzy influences later on, and the musicianship featured here is truly magnífica! Estupenda. My dear friend Carlos is not far away in terms of skills, passion and melody. Another highlight.

The strangely titled "Pollo Frito" is more a jazz-rock affair. Virtuosity and skills but the magic of the first two songs is not there. "Just" a decent number. But you might know about my relation with jazz-rock music.

"Abismo Terrenal" has the definite mood of "Caravanserai". Same warmth, same beat, same emotion. Great drumming to give the change to a wonderful guitar work. Again, Pino Morone shows his talent but not only him. This is a true band song during which all the elements flow nicely the one into each other.

But the rhythmic section is outstanding and dramatically sustains the impeccable organ play. "Abismo" is another highlight of course. Three out of four songs. Not bad at all. An excellent album which should please not only prog fans but the old Santana freaks like myself as well. This is by far my favourite song from the band even if the bass and drum solo could have been avoided.

Four solid stars.

The musical adventure of Crucis will stop after this album. A pity IMO.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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