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Babe Ruth - Amar Caballero CD (album) cover

AMAR CABALLERO

Babe Ruth

 

Heavy Prog

2.62 | 36 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars If this is what second base is like with this babe, I'd rather stay at first base

Babe Ruth's second offering is a major disappointment after the excellent debut, First Base. Amar Caballero is a very uneven album featuring a couple of very good songs, some average ones, and some really bad ones too. Let's start with the bad ones: Gimme Some Leg, Cool Jerk and Doctor Love are horrible attempts at (some kind of) Funk and maybe these could even be seen as proto-Hip Hop! I absolutely cannot stand these three tracks and this brings the album down. The lyrics are also quite horrible on these. You can almost sense what these songs are all about, both musically and lyrically, just by reading the song titles! Strange but true.

Lady is a nice but ultimately forgettable song with a somewhat bombastic chorus. Broken Cloud is very good and features some tasteful flute. I think that Broken Cloud was an Indian chief. This song is just as elaborated and sophisticated as anything from the band's debut and one of the few highlights here. Baby Pride is a decent but quite generic ballad type song and nothing that really stands out. We Are Holding On is a Spanish flavoured acoustic guitar instrumental with a string section, quite good but nothing really memorable.

The best track on this album is the nine minute plus, three part title track. This song features excellent Spanish guitar playing! It reminds me of Al Di Meola's brilliant playing. The first part is a short vocal piece that strongly reminds me of the excellent Carmen who incidentally released their masterpiece debut album the same year as this album was released. I really have a soft spot for this kind of music, and I wish Babe Ruth had made more in this style. However, it is not enough to save this album from being quite bland overall.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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