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Sui Generis


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3.58 | 34 ratings

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4 stars Roughly 3.5 stars rounded up.

A clear improvement over the debut in all levels: songwriting, performance, lyrics, depth, emotion. The album is a bit more mature, though it doesn't totally leave behind the cheery naive sound of the debut behind, as you can clearly hear on the catchy piano track "Bienvenidos al Tren".

"Cuando Yo me Comienze a Quedar Solo" starts with a somber piano while it has more uptempo choruses. This is as good (if not better) as the non-opener highlights from "Vida".

"Un Hada, Un Cisne" is one of the highlights and borders on genius. It is a folk-jazz tune which has a fantastic fast-paced instrumental part while the vocal sections may be even better, being probably my favorite harmony-vocal work in all Sui Generis.

"Confesiones de Invierno" is a neat acoustic ballad. I personally enjoy it due to the vocal melodies but I can imagine some proggers might find it too simple. "Aprendizaje" is similar but has a bit more of instrumentation and better vocal performance, a highlight for me.

"Rasguña las Piedras" is where the album sounds the most like the debut. Musically it sounds catchy and a bit naïve (the small orchestra is used for simple riffs and melodies). This might be the band's 2nd best-known track and it's pretty good.

"Mr Jones" is a satire on American lifestyle and apparently homicidal tendencies. The intro is funny (I was wondering what that English part said when I didn't know English) but the song is kinda dumb lyrically and musically. Just a satirical rock&roll filler.

"Tribulaciones ." is the last highlight of the album and might be the only hint of the band's unexpected turn to political symphonic prog in the next album. It is a very mellow and symphonic ballad in which the lamenting vocals and lonely piano take the spotlight. I absolutely love it when the band goes into dramatic vocal harmonies at minute three and at the end of the song. The climax is hauntingly powerful tho underdeveloped. Nevertheless, the only prog-related song in the album is a winner and the lyrics are amazing.

If you want to hear the non-prog side of Sui Generis, this is the album to go. Recommended, especially if you understand Spanish.

Zitro | 4/5 |


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