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L' Herba D'Hamelí


Prog Folk

3.48 | 12 ratings

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4 stars L Herba D Hameli's second album raises the eyebrows.

The rather cheesy opening seconds of this album gave me a fright. But I did not have to worry because this band soon kicks into gear again. Although not as jazzy and all over the place as on their debut album, this album is by no means a traditional folk rock or even a prog folk album. The main reason for this untraditional slab of music on this album is that it is based on traditional Katalan folk music. A music scene with none or little international exposure. Not at least here in Scotland. When that is said, I am sure that a live performance from this band would had gone down like a storm on one of the many folk rock festivals here in Scotland.

L Herba D Hameli also mix in some rock music like Jethro Tull did on their folk rock albums. But L Herba D Hameli use mandolin and to lesser degree flutes where Jethro Tull just drenches their music in Ian Anderson's flutes. L Herba D Hameli also adds more layers to their music than other folk rock bands does. I guess the good use of jazz structures explains why their music is so multi faceted. In this respect, they reminds me about Flairck. A semi-electric version of Flairck, that is.

The songs are superb throughout. I feel this album is more one-dimensional and more focused on folk rock than the debut album. But the songs are still superb on this album. This is also music you can dance to because it is quite infectious groovy. The best song of the album La dansa de la mort is a good example. The vocals are superb and so is the instrumentation. This album is a free download too and one of the best prog folk albums I have ever heard. This album is an excellent, although free, addition to anyone's record collection as far as I am concerned.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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