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ANABELAS

Bubu

 

Eclectic Prog

4.25 | 340 ratings

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CCVP
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5 stars Too bad they only released one album of this eclectic gold!

I have had contact Bubu's debut and only album only recently, but i already consider it a masterpiece of progressive rock. Though the music the band present us is not easily digested by a normal person or someone that does not knows or likes this kind of music, a music filled with dissonances and atonalism, apart from the usual experimentation and innovation that is characterizes progressive rock, it took me little time to like this piece. Probably that is because i am venturing myself deeper into the eclectic and the avant-garde genres of progressive rock lately, but why i like this kind of music does not matters for this review: it only matters why this album is so good, and that is why i will try to show here.

Bubu's influences shown here are very wide. They go from international prog bands an artists, such as Frank Zappa, King Crimson and Gentle Giant, passing through other broader genres of music (that may influence the already said international bands) such as classical music, jazz, spanish music and tango to some smaller influences, such as various kinds South American folk music.

About the songs, musicianship and other features, there are somethings i would like to state:

The instrumental work here is absolutely amazing. All instruments do their job perfectly and though in many parts (if not in most parts) throughout the album a complex technical work is very noticeable, much like Gentle Giant but jazzy, the album is not a simple display of musical notes being played at random occasions, it is cohere and senseful.

The ever present bass, as in most albums of the genre, is a must here and it, much like in Gentle Giant, supports the whole band wile having a complex melody line itself. The drums are masterfully played with a jazzy touch, much like Bill Bruford whenever. The drums and the bass are the most present instruments of the whole album, maybe because they support the whole band. The sax, the flutes and the violin also fit very well here, as they give the album both a jazzy touch and a tango touch to the music. The guitar, unlike most part of rock music, does not have the central role here because that role is divided upon the sax, the guitars, the violin and the flutes. The vocals are very well worked and dramatic, much like the tango vocals.

The only drawback that i can notice is that the ending of the song El Cortejo de un Día Amarillo is not as good as the rest of the song.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Awesome music, terrific vocals and amazing final product (that product being the album), what else do you want? This album may not be so important for the bigger scene, but who cares? It is a masterpiece and deserves to have a grade that corresponds to that. 5 stars and nothing less.

CCVP | 5/5 |

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