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TRIANA (EL PATIO)

Triana

 

Symphonic Prog

4.16 | 125 ratings

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The Crow
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5 stars This is probably the best and most emblematic prog album from my country, Spain...

Triana made an unique and very original mixture between prog and psychodelic rock with the folk music of the south of Spain, flamenco. The strong feelings, voices and spanish guitars of flamenco are very present in this album, but you will also find here most of the usual elements of the 70's prog rock. True original and inimitable sound here. Nevertheless, because of Triana appeared a lot of prog bands at the end of 70's trying to emulate their sound, but never reaching this great levels...

The lyrics are also very important in this band, because Jesús de la Rosa was able to write beautiful love songs and stories for this complex songs, giving a strong romantic aura to the music of Triana. The singing of this man is also fundamental, with all the passion of flamenco. But it's not pure flamenco singing, it's a little "contaminated", because the style of these songs is not to use pure flamenco voices... This man gave a great influence for later bands of flamenco-rock (like Medina Azahara) and flamenco-pop (like the fantastic band El Último de la Fila).

All songs here are really good, but Abre la Puerta, Sé de un Lugar y En El Lago are true classics of spanish music. Abre la Puerta opens the album in an awesome way, with a great mixture between spanish guitars and pure prog keybords. Sé de un Lugar is more psychodelic oriented, but not as much as later Triana's albums like "Sombra y Luz", and here are the best lyirics of the album... En El Lago is a romantic love story, and has a very special magical feeling. The instrumental ending is also very good... Luminosa Mañana and Diálogo are very good too.

Best Songs: every track included here is just great... But Abre la Puerta, Sé de un Lugar y En el Lago are my favourites.

Conclusion: an obligated record if you want to know the best spanish prog rock, and one of the most original and unique bands in the world... But warning, if you don't like the south Spain's flamenco music, maybe this album will be a little difficult to appreciate for you. If you are not afraid to hear some of this style, then you'll discover that "El Patio" is a true jewel.

My rating: *****

"Abre tu corazón, que hoy vengo a buscarte, amor..."

The Crow | 5/5 |

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