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4 stars Review #21: Alas

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I will leave aside the obvious, notorious and strong influence on ELP. Despite that, it's a great album!

Alas, the eponymous band's debut album, released in 1976, is a Jazz Fusion album divided into 2 songs, one on each side.

"Buenos Aires solo es Piedra" (3.5/5). A more tango sensibility predominates in terms of sounds. What I could highlight the most was, well.... ELP, heh. And apart from that, the interesting passages of instrumental changes and rhythmic breaks, quite interesting. I really liked the way they combined the drum beats with the synthesizers, it was something quite pleasant to listen to.

"La Muerte Contó el Dinero" (4/5) is my favorite side of the album. This part is more focused on a Vidala tune and starts off in a very good way in my opinion. The melody, the lyrics, Moretto's powerful voice, all together make a great piece of music from this part. Then come several moments, mostly instrumental, that we can find the same as before.

I think the only thing that makes me not to give 5 stars to the album, is that, the potential of the band was very strong, with a very appealing and natural energy. But along the listening, I find it a bit "dense" to finish it. Don't get me wrong, it's a great album and some great songs, but I was disappointed not to have been able to hear how it would have sounded if they had squeezed their talent into something more ambiguous, like better passages, or broken, or ambient soundscapes.

7.5/10, 4 stars. Although they could have done better, let's not forget the impressive level achieved by these 2 great songs!

Saimon | 4/5 |


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