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Carmen - The Gypsies CD (album) cover




Prog Folk

3.25 | 35 ratings

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3 stars Third release of the Americans that loved Flamenco. For those who never checked Carmen before, the band plays a free style Prog Rock Fusion of the mid 70's that includes plenty of Flamenco elements. This album contains more melodic themes with plenty of choral work, tinted with glam. Choral singing has been a main feature of the band, but in this occasion it is less effective than before, it comes to tiring. The themes are instrumentally attractive, but the voices don't let space to enjoy the instruments. Definitely this is one of clear example where unnecessary voices derailed a good project. This probably was an influence of their friends Bowie, Ferry and company. A pity because I think the band had reached maturity and the music was beginning to be consistent and with a uniform personality. But they bet it all on voices, and I think they lost the game. The most accomplished theme is the album title, an extraordinary 7 min long that blends rock music and flamenco percussion beautifully in a slow and rather dramatic melody that is run by a great solo work at the guitar. This would have been a good path to follow.
poito | 3/5 |


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