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POLIFEMO

Polifemo

 

Crossover Prog

3.02 | 9 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Lots of song titles are a good indication of the work you are listening to, and ''Que Hago Yo Aqui'' which means ''what am I doing here'' is no exception. Some blues oriented song with Spanish vocals. A big deal for sure (same feel for ''Vamos Al Campo'')!

Fortunately, ''12 Caras'' (12 faces) is of another calibre and pretty enjoyable: high pitched vocals, a real dynamic rhythmic section are quite good ingredients. It is rather difficult to understand why ''Que Hago Yo Aqui'' was placed as the opening number while one the worst of tracks featured here.

Actually, things are getting better and better as long as the album pursues. The long and quite symphonic ''Tu Forma Real'' is quite a moving tune, mainly thanks to the sweet vocals but also to the Trespass-esque mood of the first part of this short epic (almost ten minutes) which then evolves to a very dynamic and well crafted instrumental section. A highlight for sure.

The band is alternating the good and the weak though. It takes up with fine territories during ''Flotando'' (floating) which hasn't anything to do with a spacey song: on the contrary, this song is constructed as a fine crescendo which ends up in a quite sustained beat.

It is hard to define ''Polifemo'' music since they are frequently mixing blues, heavy prog ('' Dueña Del Comfort'' although this one is also tinted with blues influences) symphonic passages and classic rock'n'roll. I have to admit that to swallow all these genres in one single album is not an easy task.

In terms of symphonic, I guess that ''Temas?'' deserves the Palme d'Or. The arrangements are more complex and in terms of prog we are definitely in front of one of the best (even if mellow at times) songs from this work. A fine rock ballad with very good background mellotron.

The final part of this album is of no interest: two poor Spanish rock tunes which really don' t sit here.

Three stars (but this is an upgrade from a five out of ten, really).

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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