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Medina Azahara


Symphonic Prog

2.26 | 8 ratings

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3 stars The album starts promisingly with two tracks played with the orchestra. ''Puerta al Mundo'' is an overture flowing into ''Córdoba'', gorgeous hymn to band's hometown. At first listen other songs seem weaker, but all of them have good guitar riffs and solos, interesting keyboard runs, the voice of Manuel Martinez is still strong and instantly recognizable. Listening to the album several times, I've found it is a good rock album. Other highlihts are energetic rockers ''Rompe Esa Cruz'' and ''Se Acabó'', nice ballads like ''Pequeños Clavos'' and ''No Me Pidas Más'' and the final track - THE SCORPIONS cover with Spanish lyrics.

Don't expect much prog here, but the blend of powerful classic rock and some Andalusian and Arabian tunes make MEDINA AZAHARA sound so unique. And don't forget Manuel Martinez - as far as I can tell, he is the best Spanish rock singer.

CD contains video bonus clip ''Córdoba'', the package is nice (digipack), booklet contains lyrics and photos of the band.

Hardly essential, but solid album. Not a discovery, but there are lots of pleasant moments. Though if you are new to MEDINA AZAHARA better starting points are: ''...En Al- Hakim'', band's first two albums, ''Baladas'' compilation or any live CD/DVD.

NotAProghead | 3/5 |


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