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Alux Nahual


Crossover Prog

2.56 | 4 ratings

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3 stars Well... Raul explains well the escence of the album... it is not like they try to reach a comercial success than the previus album... They were in the route of doing more accesible music, but they saw that "Alto al Fuego" was too comercial... so they make a bit larger songs, and put it a lot more instrumental sections, not as their symphonic earlier sound, but sounds very good for the time...

This album focus on the keyboards, and in almost all the songs they use it. Perros de la Ciudad is a good start, very driven guitar, very sticky song... it's kind of regular 80's alternative rock. Good song, but not great.

There are three ballads in this album, the HIT "De la Noche a la Mañana", touching and beautiful piano song. On the end the song sounds more heavy and have a good guitar solo. The other ballad "Eres la Única" is a typical power ballad, but in the middle section they arrange a great instrumental ensamble with a guitar lead, a cello lead and ends with a beautiful flaute solo. Is one of the must underrated songs from Alux. Maybe the voice of Plubio was the factor why it wasn't a radio hit. The last ballad in the album is "En el Tiempo", the only acoustic guitar based song. Kind of a regular song, with a good sax solo at the end.

The highlights of the album are "No Somos Niños Ya" and "La Trampa". Both are well constructed and perfomanced very well. The first one is one of my favorites songs from Alux, with a great instrumental section involving guitar, flaute, cello, keyboards and bass doing interesting dinamics. The second, more focus in keyboards and flaute, shows quite well the fussion elements remaining on their sound. Again, the middle section is kind of proggy, not overwhelming but still well arranged. Here you have good examples of well constructed music without been complicated and twisted.

The remaining two songs are kind of average, "No Te Llames Padre" is an odd song from Oscar Conde, based on piano with rare accents on the drums. Feels like it guides you to a final guitar solo, that just never sound. Strange song, but very singable.

The last song, "Traficantes de Religion" is kind of the must pop songs from the band. It starts with a church organ, meant to be somekind of "gregorian chorus" sound, but it flaws awful. Then the song gets a lot better with a funky element and some interesting breaks, meant to be jazz, again, but it wasn't at the end. Feels too short song for my taste, but very funny at the end...

At the end, the whole album is a good example of being creative without geting too complex. They grow a lot in the performing rate, very detail on the arrangements, but they get too simple sometimes. Is not a bad album, ir very good actually, but in the rate of prog rock, ends up with 3 stars... interesting if you compare it with whatever latin rock of that time...

jampa17 | 3/5 |


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