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CAL

Cal

 

Symphonic Prog

3.63 | 7 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
3 stars "Rock Andaluz"

This four-piece formation hailed from Andalusia (the cradle of flamenco), the sound on their eponymous debut album (1980) is firmly rooted in the Prog Andaluz tradition, especially Alameda comes to my mind. But also Cai, and of course Triana, the band that speerheaded the Rock Andaluz movement.

The seven songs are melodic and accessible with often swinging rhythms, jazzy-inspired guitar solos, a pleasant keyboard colouring (sparkling piano, fluent synthesizer runs, warm string-ensemble sound and Mellotron) and good interplay between guitar and keyboards. In some songs we can enjoy typical flamenco elements like castagnettes in Mujer Del Sur and palmas (handclapping) in Mi Sevilla (their hometown).

All songs clock at about 4 minutes except the long, alternating and pretty adventurous final composition Colgao (Part I and II, totally 10 minutes): it starts with a slow rhythm featuring sensitive electric guitar, strings and synthesizer runs, then howling guitar and emotional vocals, an experimental part with an atmospheric sound and in the end a pleasant dreamy climate.

A fine album that surely will please the Prog Andaluz aficionados.

My rating: 3,5 star.

TenYearsAfter | 3/5 |

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