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Espiritu - Crisalida CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.72 | 80 ratings

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3 stars Talking about this album- dated 1975- I'd like to hear a new remastered version concerning this "small jewel" coming from the Argentinian Prog scene of the early seventies,cause the present recording should deserve an inferior score!!Anyway how can I forget such a strange blend of simple melodic progressive rock with a diverse style of music?!! That is a strong approach, close to a few bands of the Italian scene in the seventies (listen for example to Osanna or Il Balletto di Bronzo).Nevetheless I like to review the whole album under the critical view of a musician, and this fact is bringing about a certain disappointment in my mind,till the end!! Don't get me wrong, the arrangement (sometimes closer to that one by Pablo El Enterrador, another interesting Argentinian band) is remarkable, but lacking of a true maturity...for example in Europe, in the last 30 years, we have listened to a lot of refined experimental albums with the same spirit as in the light albums by Espiritu,being not too much complex, which however enable us to regard the underground progressive scene less derivative, in comparison to"Crisalida". I refer to some albums in the vein of Gong for instance,being more jazz or fusion oriented, and this should have represented a true diversity also in the music of Espiritu in my opinion, instead...well after all the interplay bewteen the guitar and the keyboards is very interesting, even though in the mellow parts of the album the melodic lines of the vocalist get on my nerves a little bit.Never mind, cause a few harmonic solutions, closer to the "fusion genre",even though in a more dark vein, make me believe that unfortunately they have not been convinced about their potentiality only: for sure they could have done a better progression in their composition, but the quality level of the work is good, sometimes excellent!!

Recommended, so add another half star at least (by forgetting the bad production!!)

lor68 | 3/5 |


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