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CUENTOS DEL SUBSUELO

Redd

 

Eclectic Prog

3.78 | 13 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars This Argentine band has left behind two albums that has given me a lot of head scratching problems. I am almost entirely lost for words..... but not quite.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Redd earlier (together with another PA collab) and that gave me a lot of background info for both this and their previous/debut album. But this album, their second and so far final album, still leaves me bewildered.

Redd was not a standard prog band. Their sound is Eclectic and they recorded this album under the harsh environment of a murderous military junta. Still, the sound here is great and so is the musicians skills. The music is based on the normal guitar, keyboards, vocals, bass and drums setup. The guitars and the vocals are in the foreground of the sound. The bass and drums are thundering around in the background. The vocals are an aquired taste, I have to admit. The Spanish vocals adds good colours to the band and really suits the somber sound. Reference points ? That's difficult. That is really difficult. The nearest reference is Gentle Giant and Cathedral (the 1970s band). Redd is a truly eclectic prog band which has their own unique sound.

The quality of the material is really good. Unfortunate, there is not any great songs here. This album is for me impossible to penetrate even well after ten listening sessions.

If you are looking for a pretty big challenge and for something special, the two albums by Redd should be purchased. I have a lot of time for Redd although their two albums is a mystery to me.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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