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Cesar Inca
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4 stars Following in the same path as its solid predecessor 'Patrimonio', 'Dos Mundos' turns out to dig deeper into Tryo's electric/acoustic duality with their usual level of skill but a major level of compositional inspiration and arranging inventiveness. While not stopping to be a pretty sophisticated band, the guys of Tryo seem determined to work out the sense of subtlety at places, dealing with simple riffs and chord progressions in some numbers; but instead of making themselves more commercial or "poppish", they just intend to explore a different way of musical challenge for the listener while maintaining a crystal clear link to their own sound. In fact, I regard 'Dos Mundos' as their best recording so far (though I admit that I'm a devoted fan of their energetic prog offering, so maybe I'm not that objective.) - the title track and 'Ventana I' are two perfect examples of how a rock number can display its own inherent energy if it is framed under a moderate use of complexity, in order to allow it to breathe more fluidly. 'Bloques' kicks off the album in a very Zeppelinesque manner, while 'Espacios' is firmly rooted in that Crimsonian-jazzy style that they know and renew so well: later on, this same Crimsonian-jazzy stuff will reappear in the dense, slow tempo 'Esperando'. Another thing that they know so well is the "formula" to make the acoustic guitar (either classical or steel stringed) and the cello interplay with emotional density and immaculate proficiency, complementing them with soft touches of orchestral and ethnic percussion. That is properly shown in the reflective 'Vértigo', the introspective 'Crepúsculo', and the bossanova-tinged 'Travesía'. The same introspective drive is reflected on the jazzy 'Ventana II', which makes me think of a pub in the twilight before dawn. The seven-minute track 'Vive' (the only one with vocals in it) closes up the album with an air of existentialist meditation, built upon an instrumental mixture of modern psychedelia and pop rock: as easy going as it may sound, actually it helps the musicians to enjoy some of the peace of mind that had been held back throughout a repertoire as varied as this. My general balance: this is a prog classic of our times, and an absolute gem of Latin American prog, as well - 4.5 stars.

(Review dedicated to my Chilean brother Juan Barrenechea)

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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2004 | Review Permalink
3 stars In this album, Tryo continues with its merge of electric and acoustic sounds. There is the group of songs like "Latino" or "Dos Mundos", which shows the power and all the rock the band has. In this case, the line up is with Félix in drums, Francisco in bass, and Ismael in the electric guitar. On the other hand, we have the acoustic set, which is clearly different, as I have seen in live performance. Songs like "Crepúsculo" and "Travesía" unfold with Félix in percussion or xylophone, Francisco in cello, and Ismael in acoustic guitar. The album starts with 'Bloques', which, as an opening, it's a lie about the sound of TRYO. 'Ventana I' is one of the best songs of the album, but it's too short and ends when it's getting even better. Something similar happens in 'Latino'. 'Esperando' is another great moment, in a slow way (but not acoustic), and then 'Travesía' (acoustic) is simply excellent. The album ends with 'Vive', the only song with lyrics in the album, but it isn't a good song. It's just like a "Bonus Track" or a "Hidden Track".
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