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EXTREMOS

Jaime Rosas

 

Symphonic Prog

3.44 | 12 ratings

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memowakeman
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3 stars Now the second!

Remember the brief rock pieces that he created in his debut album? Well, he continued with them for his second album, which is actually the first with the trio line-up. Now Jaime Rosas, Rodrigo Godoy and Alex von Chrismar represent the Jaime Rosas Trio, with the album entitled "Extremos". Here we will find nine songs. Five of them have the titled of "Breve Pieza Rockera" continuing with the previous album's numeration; two tracks are named "Sonido Vital (1 and 2)" while the last tracks have different names, which I'll tell you later. All together make a total time of 42 minutes.

So "Breve Pieza Rockera VI and VII" start the album. I liked he started with them because it is like the continuation of his debut, so we keep track on it. This couple of pieces is short but vertiginous, just as the previously released, the difference here is that they are performed by two other members, rather than Rosas himself, and we can notice it with the introduction of a guitar, in the second one. This two songs lead to "Sonido Vital 1" (Vital Sound One) whose piano sound is fast an addictive at first; later it makes a short stop and the intensity decreases a little bit. This is a Jaime Rosas solo track.

Immediately after, the brief rock pieces return with its eighth and ninth faces. Here the other musicians return, of course, as well as the symphonic oriented prog. Here is the first time we can listen to the drummer showing off a little bit, while keyboards and bass work in the same scale. In "B.P.R. 9" a heavier tune appears thanks to the guitar riff and the almost always fast drumming. I said almost because it briefly slows down after two minutes, though it later returns to its rocker essence. So it is turn of the next track, and "Sonido Vital 2" begins. This is a longer and more elaborate track which starts slowly, but little by little is progressing. Here, as you can imagine, the song is performed only by Rosas.

The last "Breve Pieza Rockera (X)" starts with that energetic and bombastic sound that characterizes this collection. Later a song entitled "Tiempos de Paz" appears with a nice combination of keyboards, creating a soft classical-new age-progressive song (you can laugh at my description). And it leads to the only long track of this album, which happens to be the last one. It is entitled "Viajero Astral" and lasts 15 minutes, in which you will have a feast of keyboards, mixed with some spacey atmospheres and rockier moments. This is the only track here with vocals (in Spanish), which adds dynamism to the music; this is also the only song composed by the three members of JRT, and I dare say, the most ambitious track of the whole album.

"Extremos" is a good album, with a predominant use of short tracks, contrasted with the last long one, however, I believe the trio did not push at their best, or I don't know, the album did not click with me as I expected, after listening to the great debut album. That is why my grade here is lower, three stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |

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