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3 stars Not as good as I believed they were

During the last 10 years I heard like 1,000 times that GOMA was better than cold beer in the desert, but because "14 de Abril" is so hard to get in Perú, never had the chance to listen them, so last week when I saw an almost brand new LP in the store I visit always, so bought it blindly. Can't say I regret my impulsive act, but I believe they are far from being the outstanding band so many people talk about.

Yes, they are food musicians, the Flamenco guitar moments are breathtaking and the keyboards are very good, but their problem is that they blend so many genres, sounds, styles and moods, that seems the guys could never find their path, and I believe that's the reason why they never released a second album.

The album is opened by "Aquí y Ahora" (Here and Now), and from the start they lost me, the Jazzy sax that leads to some sort of hard Psychedelia is the last thing I expected to listen from a Sevillan band, and the vocals only contributed to my absolute confusion, like some sort of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR wannabe band singing in Spanish, and the shredding simply destroys any coherence or logic. Thanks God that around the seventh minute the annoying sax is silenced and the beautiful piano by Alberto Toribio appears and changes the atmosphere of the track to a beautiful and melodic Moorish oriented track, and the vocals are so good that I can' understand how they could perpetrate the aberration the committed at the beginning of the song. Even though the song ends with a Sax section, now is much better than before. Seems like two successive tracks, one annoying the other extremely good.

"Madre Tierra" (Mother Earth) guitar intro makes me shiver, simply delightful and they manage to keep this Spanish atmosphere almost until the 4:30 minutes mark, when that irritating sax (Whoever hired Pepe Sánchez should be shot for ruining a band), and from there, just senseless cacophony, like a nightmare after a wonderful dream. Not even the Flamenco guitar coda can clean the mess this guys did after the fourth minute.

"Un Nuevo Abril sin Sal" (A New April Without Salt) doesn't have the level of the best moments of the previous songs (neither the low level of the worst moments), but at least it's coherent, from the start is heavy and jazzy, so even the distorted guitar sounds, not my cup of tea, but well performed.

The album is closed by the 11:37 minutes long song (I believe epic is more than just a track that lasts more than 10 or 15 minutes) that starts boring and ends so confusing that probably a free jazz fan would be lost(despite the good bass performance), and to make it worst, it's sung in a terrible English, terrible closer for an uneven album. Not even the melodic moments clearly influenced by YES can save this disaster.

To summarize, I like Eclectic music (if this wasn't the case, I wouldn't be listening Prog), but this guys mix so many styles that seems as if they were never able to find their own sound. Will rate it with 3 stars because of the outstanding passages that the first three tracks have before or after ruining what otherwise could be an amazing album.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 3/5 |


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