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5 stars A pure prog rock album if there was ever one!!

Sadly enough , Anabelas was the only release to come out from this cult band named Bubu. The band's style is incredibly varied and may please both the symphonic prog lovers or the more avant ones. The music within Anabelas is incredibly complex and changes from minute to minute. I can heard lots of influences from many prog acts like bits of Magma , Dun ( yes , even before Eros was released!!) Zappa and mainly King Crimson from ITCOTCK to Red.

The fun thing about Bubu is that Anabelas was first composed by Daniel Andreoli. Then he started to find the musicians whom he thought were most suitable to interprete his music. From that point on , the band rehearsed separately. Andreoli put major importance into the rhythm section and you can really tell that when listening to Anabelas: Both the drumming and bass playing are top notch , remiscent of Bill Bruford and John Wetton in that order. Bob Fripp's fans will be also pleased with this record since Eduardo Rogatti was encouraged by Andreoli to give a frippish tone to his playing.

Side A contains the overwhelming "El cortejo de un dia amarillo". Note that with "Anabelas" I will always make reference to the different tracks as "pieces of music" or "compositions" since the word "song" may even sound insulting. That being said , the first piece of music is in my opinion really close to academical works. It starts with some dissonant flute and saxophone , then it builds up with some incredible drums and bass lines taking the shape of one of those Egiptian-like tunes but without sounding cliched. It can be described as Henry Cow meets King Crimson meets Dun. At the 14 minute mark the song changes dramatically and it starts sounding a bit like "Kreuhn Kohrmann iss the Hundin" (MDK's grand finale) for a brief moment. Finally , the song ends reworking the theme from the beggining but with much more guitar prescence. The second composition " El viaje de Anabelas" starts with some dramatic violin and has hints of the most pastoral RPI moments ,there is also some beautiful flute as well. This song features Miguel Zabaleta's vocals which are also remiscent of the Italian brand of prog. Suddenly the song turns into avant mode mainly due to the saxophone and the astounding choral-like vocals. Little ofter that moment there is a little section that is very similar to MDK or Lizard era KC. The song is always powerful and energetic: Bubu is complex but never losses tightness or cohesion. I am impressed when I hear impresive Zeuhlish vocals as well.

The last composition is called " Sueños de Maniqui" and it starts similar to " Out Bloddy Rageous" by the Soft Machine but then features some fast drumming with impressive bass lines. Bubu may be the only band in which I can hear a proto Thrash metal riff accompanied by flute and violins and that's quite a compliment in my book. After this chaotic section Zabaleta's operatic vocals start again. The song keeps drifting from subtle parts to argressive and plain weird ones before the choral vocals come in again and give a bombastic ending to the tune.

Listening to "Anabelas" was one of the most thrilling experiences I had while discovering any kind of music. Period. I don't think that any other phrase can do justice to this masterpiece from my country.

crimson87 | 5/5 |


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