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5 stars Fifth studio album by the Argentinean vocal duo Pastoral, joined by a considerable and interesting instrumental host.

In the opener, "Aquí­ Luis", we find a unique and gorgeous melody, wrapped in a sparse acoustic setting and pristine vocal harmonies. The ethnic touch comes from Jorge Cumbo in sikus (a woodwind from the Andean high plateau).

"Mujer Silencio": Soaring vocals by Alejandro De Michelle taking off from an idyosincratic rythmic base by Francisco Ojstersek (bass), Daniel Colombres (drums), and Lito Epumer (guitar). Good guitar & ethereal keyboards break, too.

"Capitan Suenos": Nice folk tune featuring lead vocals by Miguel Angel Erausquin, with fine contributions by Manolo Yañes (mellotron) and Osky Amante (percussion) creating the necessary ambiance for a sailors story.

"Pregunta Infantil": Sharp and impressive performances by De Michelle and Epumer in a protest against child exploitation. Excellent jazzy harmony and flourishes complement the amazing vocals

"Hacer": Social commentary based on the most particular free association style lyrics.

"Lucifer Asomo": The most varied track of the album, creating great contrast in dynamics, rythmic signature and instrumentation. The vocals are subtly understated and the electric guitar solos are just great.

Delicious track by track, perfect as a whole

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