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Medina Azahara


Symphonic Prog

3.00 | 15 ratings

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3 stars Some of the hard (even heavy at times) side of their music which was present on their excellent debut are even more important in this follow-up work.

The opening track El Rincón De Mi Mente sets the pace: heavy organ, strong beat and furious guitar. Andalusian oriented vocals are very pleasant as well. You get them all here, which result in a very special atmosphere. This song is absolutely on par with their self-titled debut. A highlight? Yes!

One of the main characteristic of their debut, was the excellent work from Miguel Galán. Don't worry: you'll get here as well. He will play emotional guitar parts on almost each song of this album. He definitely adds emotion in here. One can really compare his work with the great Carlos. And it is needless to say that I like this a whola lot. This aspect is wonderfully highlighted in Sueños de Locura and Una Mañana De Mayo but he is shining everywhere.

Synthesizers in Las Flores Blancas has a definite neo-prog tint (ELP or Banks are so close.). The great Miguel is almost coming at the rescue each time that the album seems to dig into a less sophisticated mood. Arriba!

To complete the picture, their lead vocalist adds a very special touch as well. I guess that the more you are into Spanish (and to Spain in general), the more you'll be with Medina Azahara. I'm pretty close to be honest.

The songs featured are less complex than on their debut. Still, this album holds very little weak moments even if Me Invade Una Gran Pasión is not the strongest track available.

One really has to build a mausoleum to Miguel: he is so brilliant again during the whole of this album (he was already the highlight on their debut). Just listen to the wonderful intro of Tiempo de Miseria. He is turning a good song into a great one. So much feeling is coming out of his play: I can't help! I am just found of this.

There is still one thing I am sad about this album: almost no interest shown on this site for this good work. Only two reviews (including this one). Come on guys! There are some good music coming out of Spain. Have a try on this good band.

Three stars for this Esquina Del Viento.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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