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Medina Azahara


Symphonic Prog

4.04 | 11 ratings

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4 stars Medina Azahara are the main heir to the flamenco rock movement created in the seventies by bands such as Triana. Listen to their first eponymous album. Then the combo slowly hardened their sound, incorporating some metal guitars. But they still play a reprise of 'El lago', Triana's anthem, during gigs. Hence this brilliant idea: playing in a 'modern sauce' the main tracks of flamenco rock. You'll find many Triana's hits of course ('Abre la puerta', 'Tu frialdad', 'Hijos del agobio', 'Una noche de amor', 'Dialogo', 'Luminosa maņana'), but also songs by Alameda ('Amanecer en el puerto'), and of course from Medina Azahara's flamenco prog period. In a more metallic blend but never forgetting the flamenco roots (many guests from that movement are here). The best is for me, 'El lago', with its rap arrangements. I know some will disapprove but isn't it the very definition of prog (at least in the seventies), breaking walls between styles and creating a new music? A great way of discovering or revisiting that fabulous prog school even if some prestigious names are missing (Cai for instance).
Thierry | 4/5 |


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