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ANABELAS

Bubu

 

Eclectic Prog

4.24 | 338 ratings

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lor68
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3 stars Well the present album is not as good as the best works from After Crying for instance (a band with a similar orientation, even though coming from Hungary and being even more versatile than the Argentinian ensemble), but it's anyway very interesting and original too...ok, I don't like the vocalism by Petty Guelache, but it's not their main target: take their experimental side (reminding me of Magma a bit) and that one in the vein of Zappa (mixed all together with King Crimson) and you can understand their personal music path! Eduardo Rogatti at the guitar (with an heavily distorted tone, often replaced by delicate tones) is not so original in his approach, but his support in the economy of the band is important. Otherwise the guitarist is not the main composer here (unlike for instance Mario Neto within Bacamarte); nevertheless you can find some strings and even a tenor sax inside, almost making this work an emulation of the experimental Canterburian albums from the UK, which you can't forget after all, as moreover all these instruments are perfectly "coupled" with the guitar! Despite of finding a few remarkable arrangements here (especially regarding the use of three voices in the vein of Gentle Giant), the output is not convincing me at all, right now. In fact- as you probably already know- I prefer the polyphonic and above all well defined "armonization" of some different voices for example inside the albums "Suffocating the bloom" and "As the world" by Echolyn, being my personal "benchmark"- along with some Gentle Giant and Yes works- before starting to evaluate this specific important aspect within "Anabelas"...and when I listen to the Argentinian BUBU I can't remark such a small defect; but the other features are well defined.

At the end the present work is not essential at all, if you have already collected for example the albums by After Crying (or also by Zappa), Echolyn (especially the only mentioned above albums regarding these latter and some Yes albums), Anglagaard (or also King Crimson) and Magma; but if you don't think of the derivative aspects inside their music you could change idea...perhaps there's one star to add in the final evalution!

Make your own choice!!

lor68 | 3/5 |

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