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Medina Azahara


Symphonic Prog

2.48 | 11 ratings

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2 stars This Spanish band released a great and heavy symphonic debut album and doubled this with a very decent follow-up. What came next, were two weak Spanish pop-rock albums which are best avoided. They came up with another good work when they released "En El Hakim" (although it was nothing form the other world).

Some three years later, the band came back with this album with a rather different line-up. Huuum.

If you are looking for any prog flavour, I have to tell you that you can just forget it. Mainstream and basic Spanish rock. I far much prefer "Mecano" in this style. At least, they sound melodic, which is not the case here.

I also happen to be fluent in Spanish and these lyrics aren't really of the greatest interest. So, the bill which is presented here is the following: poor lyrics, poor (to none) melodies, non-existing passion and not a single minute of prog music.

Of course, if you are interested in basic AOR stuff, "Solo Y Sin T "should be a must. But are we in such a mood on this site? I guess not. I have to admit though, that there is an excellent guitar break: but is this sufficient to make a good album? You know the answer.

"Medina Azahara" was more successful commercially than "Triana" and absorbed most of the marketing means to promote the band in the early eighties. When I listen to such an album, I am quite perplexed though.

To listen to the whole of this album was not a fine experience. Fortunately, there are some GREAT (yes, in capital) and passionate guitar breaks here and there, but these are so short in comparison with the length of this album.

The overall mood is almost hard-rocking. But do I need to listen to a Spanish oriented hard-rock band? The answer is: NO (if ever you would have any doubt). If you want to live a better experience, I would just recommend you to listen to "u" and their fantastic debut album (which I rated with five stars).

This album is not a total disaster; but you need to be prepared for a casual hard-rock treat. But don't expect any "In Rock" experience of course. I am wondering why this band sits in the eclectic part of this site. I thought that it was dedicated to the most sophisticated, complex and intricate music available. It is far from this offering.

Basic Spanish hard-rock. Two stars. But consider this as an upgrade.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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