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3 stars What do you get when you blend King Crimson, Jethro Tull and Brand X? Probably the closest answer would be "Mundos Paralelos" by the very good Argentinean band TANGER.

The real problem with this album is to categorize it, because the Jazz influences are more than obvious, but there's too much happening to limit them to a single sub-genre as Prog Fusion, so the word Eclectic describes them perfectly.

But let's check the tracks one by one:

The album starts with "Ansiedad", a song that impresses me most because the way the band managed to make it flow from start to end without any problem, despite the different sounds and moods you can find. The main reference would be obviously Jethro Tull because of the preeminent role of the flute, but the Jazz structure is more than clear, very good starter.

"Circulos Concéntricos" is a different blend and flavor, the Psyche intro collisions with the development of the song which sounds reminiscent of "Larks Tongues in Aspic", it's amazing how the guys from TANGER are able to blend, what seems impossible to blend.

"Mundos Paralelos" begins with an acoustic guitar intro that leads to a softer track with some Bossa Nova aroma, the sweet flute is evidently the lead instrument, soft and melancholic, maybe too simple for some progheads, but not everything has to be ultra complex to be good.

"Siete Pulsos" brings us back to Prog Fusion territory, even when the folk element is always present, the drum, bass and guitar interplay make a good background for the flute, at the end a FOCUS inspired section reminds of Jan Akkerman, not as strong as the previous, but still good.

"El Castillo" strangely starts with a vague resemblance to ALAN PARSON'S PROJECT, but when the flute enters, the sound dramatically changes into some kind of Ambient/Jazz with a touch of Folk and a hint of Anglagard, strange track, but nice.

"Metamorfosis" begins with a very good guitar work "a la FOCUS", but again you can feel many different things happening there, soft Jazz enhanced wit the electric piano and then a rhythmic section with bass and bongos, a bit too soft for my taste.

"Dos Dimensiones" is a totally different business, closer to Folk than to Jazz, a dreamy and mysterious track with some "Bossa Nova" aroma, again too simple for me, but still good. There's a song by the Peruvian band FRAGIL called "Lizzy" that sounds very close to "Metamorfosis".

"Insomnio" is more my kind of song, more elaborate, complex and closer to Rock, the keyboards, drums and bass interplay is very efficient, still some folksy touches, but the aggressive sound is more of m taste, excellent material.

"Marquesinas" reminds me of King Crimson from "Three of the Perfect Pair" era, of course with some Latin Jazz tones as usual in TANGER, but as in the previous track, this guys prove they are ready for more demanding stuff. The flute semi-solo inspired in Ian Anderson is simply magic, another good track. When the closer "Nova Lisboa" starts, I thought I was before a King Crimson album, seems inspired in "Starless", the bass and guitar work is excellent, this is the kind of song you need to close an album.

Would love to give 3.5 stars to "Mundos Paralelos", but our rating system doesn't allow it, so I will have to go with three stars, because the album is way ahead of the average, but still I feel they can give more.

I sincerely recommend this album for Progheads with a wide taste, who love Folk, Jazz and King Crimson.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 3/5 |


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