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INVERSA VISUAL

L' Herba d'Hamelí

 

Prog Folk

3.95 | 19 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars A change of style and a massive surprise.

L Herba d Hamelí had some changes of members before the recording of this album and the end result was a change of direction. Only time will tell if this change of direction is permanent or not. Anyway; L Herba d Hamelí ditched the jazz/folk rock vibes and their affinity to Jethro Tull and harder rock. This old sound was replaced with a mix of homage to both the Italian Symphonic Rock bands (RPI) like PFM and Le Orme. In addition to the RPI influences, L Herba d Hamelí also drew in influences from Yes and Genesis. The Katalan folk music influences are still here though, but toned down a bit. Most of all, we get four wonderful songs here.

The opening track El Llarg Revolt is well over seventeen minutes long and include passages both similar to Genesis and PFM. This is a pastorial song with a lot of flutes, excellent vocals and some heavy guitars too. It is very RPI and is the best song of the album. The next song Noves Construccions is somewhere between Yes and Le Orme in feel and construction. The use of Moog here is excellent throughout and the Katalan folk music feel is very evident through some flamenco like guitars. Both electrified and acoustic. An excellent song ! The third song Felacions del Mediterrani also have some Genesis and Katalan folk music vibes and is an excellent song too. The album is wrapped up with the eight minutes long Picant Pedra which combines Yes, Le Orme, PFM, Genesis and their Katalan roots in one lingering piece of music.

The quality is excellent throughout. No wonder this album beat of a lot of competition when it was shortlisted to the best foreigner album in the biggest Italian prog rock awards last year. This album is by far the best Spanish prog rock album I have ever heard in my life. I am still missing the real killer track which could had set both the band and this album firmly on the map. But I am not complaining too much. This is an excellent album, bordering to being a masterpiece.

4.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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