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BORBOLETTA

Santana

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.65 | 204 ratings

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Beautiful Scarlet
3 stars Worldly Fusion.

Spring Manifestations is just nature sounds and it segues into the next track.

Canto De Los Flores is has ominous keys over whirling about for a bit over a Latin beat. The keys then settle into some calming jazz playing.

The previous tracks ends on a fade out and Life Is Anew fades in. A soul track, the vocals jive well with the instruments.

One With The Sun also flows from the previous track, sort of. It is a bit funkier but still in the style of Life Is Anew.

Aspirations opens with bass slowly getting louder and other instruments slowly being added (organ, percussion and saxophone). After some time spent on saxophone soloing the track fades out,

Practice What You Preach starts with spacey guitar lines and droning organ. Two minutes in the drums and bass enter and the song heads into a chill preachy soul song then fades out. There are some fun scat vocals in the bridge, reminds me of Cans Like Inobe God. Once again the song ends on a fade out.

Mirage begins with aahs then heads into a keyboard (might be guitar) led intro, then the funkish vocals come in.

Here And Now begins with the whole band, percussion, saxophone, bass, guitar and keyboard getting ready. The whole song is tension build up that segues into the next song

Flor De Canela opening with furious percussion and bass which are joined in seconds by guitar and organ. The track segues into the next song, Promise Of A Fisherman.

Promise Of A Fisherman begins with similar rhythm to the previous track but even calmer guitar lead. Ultimately I find this song and Flor De Canela to have far to chill of leads for the rapid fire rhythm and build up of Here And Now. Feels like wasted potential. Especially as near the end the guitar finally plays something neat that sounds like a tea kettle boiling over, however it's to late as I find my self uninterested by the endless droning of the rhythm by this point.

Borboletta opens with speaking and wild bursts of percussion and various sounds. Then ends at about a minute.

Overall the album never really reaches a high for me due to excessive repetition (listen to the bass on Canto De Los Flores) and a lack of development on each song, just a groove and lead. Still, this is a solid album.

Beautiful Scarlet | 3/5 |

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