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CICLOS

Los Canarios

 

Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 151 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars After the release of a disastrous debut album ("Libérate") recorded in 1970, this Spanish band gets back with something totally different this time. And quite good, I must say.

It is not the first time that a rock band approaches some classical oeuvre. Their model with this double album might well be ELP with "Pictures At An Exhibition". It is particularly true during the opener "Paraíso Remoto". One can find lots of bombastic (pompous) moments and appreciate the rework around this famous theme.

The second movement "Abismo Próximo" is more complex and mixes art-rock, opera-like vocals and some folkish moments as well. The second half of this song is really brilliant: a superb combination of mellotron, superb vocal part and a moving guitar solo: it sounds as THE archetype of the symphonic style we appreciate so much. Still, this great passage is a bit too short IMO.

Mostly instrumental, this album shows a very good musical maestria and if ELP (and the usual clones) are on your list of fave band, there is no doubt that this work will enjoy your ears.

The third movement Is not so pleasant: from classical to eclectic prog, this track is quite difficult to apprehend. There is also some similarity with ELO (the spoken intro from "El Dorado") at the middle of the track. I am lacking harmony and great instrumental passages. It is the less achieved section of this good album. Too much choir and church-related effects to my taste.

The inspiration seems to lack for the fourth section "El Eslabón Recobrado". An unnecessary percussion part like the one during "The Ancient" (from "Yes" TFTO) is quite useless in my opinion. It only makes a long track even longer. The synth moments just after this are quite noisy.

In all, this album holds some excellent musical moments and some?other ones. In my rating system, three stars sound logical.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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