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TRIANA (EL PATIO)

Triana

 

Symphonic Prog

4.16 | 126 ratings

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shockedjazz
5 stars I really feel few have understood the album, not to blame no-one.........but the problem is Trianas "El Patio" is not "just" progressive mixed with flamenco, as Crimson debut is not just rock mixed with jazz and classical influences....this an average descriptions of what are new creations. I understand is difficult to see how especial is this disc if you are not spanish (not spanish speakers, i mean spanish from the Bull Skin)...as is easier to see that Crimson debut is not any other disc for evryone (almost) in this site, or first Pink Floyd. El Patio as huge as them, but maybe in another sense. The sadness is not faked, not over intelectual, is speaking of the very soul of spanish youth in that particular zeitgeist of the first seventies. I feel quite out of place to say that the disc misses alegrias, like this disc was a demonstration of the ways prog could be mixed with flamenco....┐Anybody could say the Crimson debut misses some happy rock and roll numbers?┐Does it makes any sense? ┐Or saying that Floyd debut is too psychedelic or strange?. It amounts to say "Okay, i feel something, but i didnt understand nothing of it" Anybody missses "Obladi-Oblada" in Joys Division "Closer"? (Alegrias are quite nice but have nothing to do with El Patio, i was just a caricature, an exageration)......i could keep on but is useless. The truth is El Patio is whole new thing not flamenco, not rock, not prog....Is Triana a heartrendering cadence were the most beatifull goes hand in hand with the most sad, the most mistic with the most grounded and telurical, as a spanish critic said "they dont complicate the music (like prog groups did at that time) they complicate the atmosphere"..they make it dense, dreamy, intense. Is a disc not for surface listening but to sink deep into it. Then at some point you realize that they got your heart grabbed and they taking it from the ground to sky, and wayback again, back and forth. The lyrics are as simple as superb, and i prefer them to a lot of "english-male-private-school" overpretentious erudite displays, ┐Why to say something un-understandable when your speaking of something important?...my opinion,but.. ( everything have its moment, being serious). Lets go to the songs: "Abre la puerta" is an incredible straight arrow to the center of your heart, i feel nothing is missing here not any note not any word, you can taste the intensity, the mistery, the simplicity...for me bordering with religion or best put with mysticism. An intro with a strange change, then the cadence....it goes low and then it rise wonderly again. "Luminosa Ma˝ana" is surprisingly ( not really if you know how luminous rapports are linked with suffering in flamenco) sad and little bit somber, the lyrics are great again,. It builds slowly till De la Rosa screams then it fades away..... Not really because "Recuerdo de una Noche" recovers the theme what its full of meaning if you compare the meaning of both song titles.....then the atmosphere gets as dense and driving, and hipnotic as can get taking you down and down...i dont feel the lyrics to be so great but it doesnt mean much with such an intensity blowing trough your ears. "Se de un Lugar" is superb with morisc musical themes mixed with Vanille Fudge....the guitar solo is great getting psychedelic and aerial......then it comes up with some complex changes and De la Rosa incredible voice. "Dialogo" with great simple lyrics and a great flamenco acoustic guitar. "En El Lago" is with "Abre la Puerta" the highlight of the album, the lyric is beatifull, misthy, psychedelic, simple....the music outstanding, almost perfect, De la Rosa attacks and tone are daring and inspired. Really beatifull,the guitars are olso precious....the whole with the mellotrons and echoes just has your heart in a palm...then it speeds up getting more and more intense. "Todo es de Color" is a great composition by Tele and Manuel from "Lole y Manuel" (their version that you can check in youtube, being the only one that superates it, really something to see), a hazy end for one of the greatest discs ive heard.
shockedjazz | 5/5 |

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