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RECUERDOS DE MI TIERRA

Mezquita

 

Symphonic Prog

4.03 | 90 ratings

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Mezquita opens this album with the ethnic sounds that make them special. A dynamic entry with the guitars giving us a display of what is to come in this album, a rock show that lasts for almost 3 minutes and then enter the Spanish folk guitars. Their sound influenced by the arab musical sounds for many centuries, which is why there is a mixed Spanish (Flamenco) and arab (Mourish) sound in the guitars sound. But Mezquita play their guitars with more than folk sound and play where appropriate with a rough rock edge. The result is a fine and compelling mixture of Spanish folk and heavy rock. All instruments here are well played and heard and with each one added at different times you receive a different atmosphere in the different parts of each song. In one part you have a heavy feel which is due to the crunchy guitar and in another you have the keyboards creating the more Spanish folk atmosphere along with the acoustic guitar. There are some splendid guitar performances here like in the first track Recuerdos de mi Tierra and on the third track Desde que somos dos which are easily the two highlights f this album. I have sometimes trouble with the vocalist voice, but it does not tamper with my enjoyment of the music and in some songs it actually fits it (the third track, for instance). His voice is a little rough but it does fit several songs when he songs along with a heavy guitar playing.

As I like Spanish guitar playing a lot, I find this album to be great as it combines that music along with some harder rock (which I like as well) and it has its qualities being progressive in nature and that is awesome to have in one album and even in one song. The album as a whole holds an emotional mood to it, which is delivered through the vocals and acoustic guitar and keyboards.

Don't be too quick to judge this, if you are not familiar with this type of music, as I know it can be awkward and you might not like this the first times you hear it. Let it grow on you with recurrent listens. If you liked other Spanish bands such as Triana and Medina Azahara, you should listen to this one as well.

avestin | 4/5 |

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