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Probably the most beautiful and sophisticated group from Argentina. They combine a refined classical influence with definite progressive sound and folk with superb vocals and lyrics. Their music is enlightened by a very important sense of melody. The arrangements are inspired by classical music, and include violin and flute sounds that come just in time to enhance excellent guitar parts or even the keyboards. Sometimes, they might remind you of GALADRIEL.

Their first recording "Pablo El Enterrador" appear in 1983 becoming an immediate success. After a long absence, in 1995-1997 they start working in new material that was included in their second album "2" considered by many the best work of the group. This is an Argentine band with a strong neo prog influence. There is a good balance between vocals and instrumental playing. This should appeal to fans of IQ, PENDRAGON and GALAHAD.

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3.79 | 44 ratings
Pablo "El Enterrador"
1983
3.26 | 19 ratings
Pablo "El Enterrador" 2
1998

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 Pablo Studio Album, 1983
3.79 | 44 ratings

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Pablo "El Enterrador"
Pablo Symphonic Prog

Review by Guldbamsen
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3 stars Butter me up honey!

This is pure butter and olive oil. I mean if you are one of those crazy geneticists who fancies splicing similar sounding bands together, and indeed thinks that the formerly mentioned fatty ingredients belong together, then you should definitely hunt this little album down. I hear distinct Marillion traces on this one along with the late blooming RPI groups like Locanda delle Fate. This group sports an overpowering love of electric piano that fills the airwaves like small tap-dancing mice doing a musical edition of classically inspired tunes - reeking of early 80s infatuated melody lines and sweet nectar running down the walls. Yes there are traces of that old Genesis keyboard pounder Monsieur Banks, and even if those sweeping runs don´t sound particularly original, they sure feel heartfelt and gorgeous at the same time. Putting these musical mice into a jolly blend of soaring and high-pitched double cream vocals, that reminds me of another Argentinian tenor named Luis Alberto Spinetta - the obvious smorgasbord of several fatty acids all thrown into one big bowl is now well established.

Then why do I love this album so much? I tend to go for the dirty, gritty, out-there, spontaneous, acid-drenched and mad, when it comes down to the progressive lands of music, yet somehow this album just strikes a chord in me - warms me up in times of cold plastics and heartless Christmasy falseness. There´s really no other way of putting it. Although El Enterrador isn´t the most progressive of albums, it sure puts its hand down my trousers, and that has something to do with the way these tunes are put together. The song-writing is magnificent - and to think I´d almost forgotten about that specific trade inside this wild and perplex musical world.... Just like Marillion´s key-trade was the combination of beautiful uncomplicated melodies, charismatic vocals and a penchant for well orchestrated song-writing - this Argentinian band also utilizes some of the same honey smearing facets to win you over - and it quite simply works. Oh yeah, you can butter me up any-time.

The occasional moog and arp synths taking over in the music, gracing you with welcoming colours to the mix, are used to penetrate the somewhat ethereal and docile nature of the individual pieces. The guitar leads here are put to use in the same sort of manner, and to me that helps the music from turning into something that is so completely slippery and suave, that had it been without them - it surely would make me choke in lard exposure - overdosing on dairy products. No thank you very much - sometimes I want my butter slightly rancid.

Apart from the 80s production and the overpowering lushness of this release, I still enjoy it very much, and find some sort of indescribable comfort in putting music on, that works much the same way as a good after sun lotion following a day spent under a scorchingly hot barbecue sky, - or maybe you just need some sonic ointment to help calm you down after your daily dosage of Magma.

A break from insanity and bewilderment - a soothing and beautiful venture in double cream that will have you reaching for the blackest of coffees afterwards. 3.5 stars.

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 Pablo Studio Album, 1998
3.26 | 19 ratings

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Pablo "El Enterrador" 2
Pablo Symphonic Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars This is weird, I am reviewing my second album today and both have vastly different track orders from that listed here, which throws me off more than you can imagine. It could even influence the ultimate rating, but I will try to review "Sentido de Lucha" as a collection of haphazardly thrown together tunes, ie-from a record company exec's perspective.

It's like no time had passed between the first Pablo album and its successor in terms of the style and even the instrumentation, as well as the mix of ballads and rockers. Jose Maria Blanc's vocals are as strong as ever, as are the dual keys and the marriage of Argentinian poetry and folklore to symphonic rock. That in itself puts "Sentido de Lucha" on an upper rung.

The main difference is that the ballads don't tug at the heart strings quite so much. On their debut, several tracks also bridged the rocking/ballad gap and became glimmering suites of keyboard dominated and guitar enhanced progressive rock. Nothing of the sort here. They can still write a catchy hook but it's more in the manner of Abacab era Genesis rather than assembling something new out of the best of breed, and, with the exception of the haunting and expressive "Emigrante", most tracks are good but not great. For instance, "Nariguetas" simply soars during Blanc's wordless excursions but precious little elsewhere. "Sentido de Lucha" doesn't really work until the majestic instrumental break.

Given the time lapse between the two Pablo releases, this is actually a pretty impressive followup, but it does mark a subtle yet perceptible devolution. The ingredients are there but the recipes lack that certain flair that comes with experimentation and risk taking. Still, if you loved their 1983 album, enjoying "Sentido" should not be a struggle.

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3.79 | 44 ratings

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Review by apps79
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5 stars ''Pablo el enterrador'' is one of those hidden gems of progressive rock,that was digged up from the ashes of time and became widely known to the public.What was the year of its release remains a mystery,the more common being 1983,while there are resources that indicate its release somewhere in 1979/1980.The sure thing is that this is a top notch work of symphonic progressive rock.The band consisted of four members,two of them being keyboardists,so obviously their style is quite keyboard-dominated.

Often comared to the Italian masters of the 70's,PABLO EL ENTERRADOR deliver romantic progressive rock dominated by sensational vocals by (guitarist) Jose Maria Blanc and absolutely marvelous musicianship.There is heavy and constant use of electric piano by Omar Lopez,which makes their music sound so delicate and classical,but the strongest point of them is the fantastic instrumental interplays,which are numerous,trully polished yet mind-blowing,filled with melodic guitars,atmospheric synthesizers,classical-sounding electric pianos and some minimoog synthesizer as well.Blanc,who handles also the guitars,chooses a very emotional style of playing,which sometimes is enriched by South-American melodies.Yes,there are a couple of songs with an intense pomp-rock feeling and some cheesy synths,but again you'll be amazed by the magnificence of the instrumental work,the fast tempos and the changing moods!

''Pablo el enterrador'' should be spread even more to a wider audience,for it was an album with stunning musicianship,great vocals and strong melodies in a difficult period for producing intricate music.One of the best progressive rock albums ever and,of course,extremely highly recommended!

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 Pablo Studio Album, 1983
3.79 | 44 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is beautiful music that recalls some of the lighter Italian music I love. This band is from Argentina and the vocals are in Spanish.They really bring to mind GENESIS quite often, mainly due to the synth work that sounds like Banks.

"Carrousell De La Vieja Idiotez" opens with a minute of piano before the vocals and drums arrive. The first time I heard this I was so moved. A beautiful guitar solo after 2 minutes. An even better one 4 1/2 minutes in that goes on and on.This is both uplifting and moving music. "Elefantis De Papel" opens with tender vocals that are so romantic. The guitar is tasteful, and a nice synth solo 1 1/2 minutes in. Piano follows it up as vocals continue to impress. GENESIS-like synths after 3 minutes during an instrumental passage. "Quien Gira Y Quien Suena" opens with piano that is joined by fragile vocals. A fuller sound 1 1/2 minutes in as guitar gently soars. Lots of piano to follow in this tasteful and pleasant track. "Illusion En Siete Octavos" is the first of two instrumentals.This is an uptempo song with synths and drums leading the way. Very GENESIS-like again.

"Accionista" is another uptempo tune with the vocals at their most aggressive here. Nice guitar solo before 2 minutes. "Dentro Del Corral" is my second favourite track after the opening song. This one is all about the pulsating Banks-like synths. The vocals are at their best on this one as well. Piano and guitar take over as song calms down 3 minutes in with gentle vocals. The last minute of the song is beautiful with the guitar, piano and drums making magic. "Espiritu Esfumado" features vocals and piano melodies that shine.The song picks up a little. Guitar with piano 2 1/2 minutes in is outstanding. Love the guitar. More Banks-like synths follow. Great tune. "La Herencia De Pablo" is the last song and the other instrumental. More pulsating synths, and the guitar 1 1/2 minutes in and later are a highlight. I really like this music. This is the longest and also one of the better tracks. Third favourite.

A highly recommended record from yours truly.

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Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars If you like your keyboards in pairs, your guitars keening, and your vocals in heartfelt romantic Spanish, AND you enjoy good songwriting and arranging, you can't do much better than to pick up this Argentine classic. Although it is from 1983, it does not broadcast this through the production or the instrumentation. One point of comparison would be the 1977 album by Locanda Della Fate from the opposite corner of the world, but this one is less overtly bombastic and has some clearer, simpler melodic themes.

It is indeed in the textures of the longer romantic ballads that this group most distinguishes itself, particularly the emotionally and instrumentally profound "Who Turns and Who Dreams"(Quién gira y quién sueña). Even more so, "Inside the Stable" (Dentro del corral) begins life as a fast-paced organ dominated song with intriguing twists, only to transition gracefully to one of the most breathtaking pastoral segments in prog history, capped by a lilting lead guitar solo.

The album has some very appealing and shorter upbeat numbers too, such as "Vanishing Spirit" (Espíritu esfumado), which features a near wall of keyboard sound without seeming too busy or stifling, and the instrumental "Illusion in seven eights" (Ilusión en siete octavos), with a matheematical approach to the keyboard sequences consistent with its title.

The bonus tracks, with the exception of "Bananas", are more dispensable, and the poppy "Paper's Elephants" (Elefantes de papel) doesn't fit with the overall serious mood, nor does it provide a suitable break from that atmosphere, given that it is the second song on the album. These forgivable weaknesses notwithstanding, I am hard pressed to think of a better disc from South America for the symphonic prog fan. Highly recommended.

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 Pablo Studio Album, 1998
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Pablo "El Enterrador" 2
Pablo Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars Many consider Pablo El Enterrador (Spanish for' Pablo the gravedigger') his eponymous debut album (1983) as one of the highlights in the Latin prog history. Perhaps the band has read all those euphoric words during the years because between May 1995 and May 1997 Pablo El Enterrador started to record new songs and in 1998 the band released this successor, simply entitled '2', 15 years after the debut effort. The music on '2' is in the vein of that acclaimed debut album: the focal point is flowing and sparkling piano work on the electric Yamaha. In general the climates are warm and dreamy with splendid, quite emotional Spanish vocals, an extra dimension. The more sumptuous parts contain Hackett- like guitarplay and keyboard evoking Genesis between Seconds Out and Duke. In my opinion this album is a bit too much loaded with the same piano work, if Pablo El Enterrador had produced a more mid-Genesis inspired symphonic prog oriented sound,I am sure '2' had resulted in a more captivating CD.


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Pablo Symphonic Prog

Review by Heptade
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3 stars This is a rather famed second tier album from South America. It's gotten some rave reviews, but I can't go that far, the reason being that the band's style is so close to '76-'81 Genesis as to be pretty much a clone. All the elements are there- floating synth solos, staccato rhythms on the keyboards, an electric piano sound and style that copies Banks' on "Duke" exactly, Collinsy/Gabriely vocals. I don't really hear any Latin American musical influences. There's even a tune that sounds suspiciously like "Turn it On Again" at times. Locanda delle Fate is another band that is often mentioned in comparison, but it's not nearly as strong as the "Duke" influence (and besides, I'm not that sold on LDF either). Nonetheless, this is a three star album because, though derivative, the compositions and playing are very solid and my synapses did send me some pleasure signals while listening. Genesis fans who want Genesis in Spanish will enjoy this!

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Pablo "El Enterrador" 2
Pablo Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars I just can't understand why the weak reviews and comments about "Pabo el Enterrador 2" aka "Sentido de Lucha", if I hadn't seen the band playing some tracks of this album on stage, would have never bothered buying it and that would have been a shame because it's brilliant.

"2" is one of the most pure expressions of Symphonic Prog from Argentina, the beautiful and soft piano blends perfectly with the delicate vocals and the splendid guitar that makes us remember they can really rock, a perfect combination of sweetness and strength.

I understand that English speakers have a hard time with lyrics in foreign language but...Hey guys....If the rest of the world cares to search for translations of songs in English, doing the same won't kill you, specially when the translation is available in the cover of the album.

"2" starts with the piano and synth intro of "Nariguetas" that almost instantly blends with the beautiful voice of Jose María Blanc making incredible poetry (This would be lost in the translation of course), the influence of bands like Genesis with a touch of Italian Symphonic is very clear, but nobody can doubt of the originality, excellent track.

"La Ciudad Eterna" is my favorite song from "2", again starts with piano and then vocals but this time with a more Latin influence, the jazzy drum soon joins while the song goes in crescendo until the whole band takes part in a very elaborate fantasy of music only interrupted by piano and keyboard solos, even better song than the previous.

"Emigrante" is a dark ballad absolutely Symphonic and melancholic, the piano performance is dramatic and charged with passion that is provided by the guitar and bass, not as strong as the previous but still very good.

"Sentido de Lucha" is the track for which this album is better known, starts almost in the vein of "Emigrante" but with a sound that reminds some material from "SERU GIRAN" and SUI GENERIS" but Charly García could never add as much drama and personality as José María Blanc. "Sentido de Lucha" can't have more power, the final section when the symphonic keys combine with a solid guitar and bass is breathtaking, great song.

"San Vicente" is a lighter selection, after two depressive (but excellent tracks) is time to perform in a clear Latin style with a touch of Argentinean/Cuban Folk, probably inspired of such great musicians as Mercedes Sosa and Silvio Rodriguez, not only for the sound but for the lyrics that talk about South American reality, at the end a nice Moog section a la Keith Emerson followed by a ethnic sound make the perfect closing.

"Solo Viento" another melancholic song but this time the "SUI GENERIS" influence is more than obvious, but of course the synths make the difference, the lyrics are absolutely poetic.

At this point the PABLO EL ENTERRADOR change their approach, instead of the pristine Symphonic atmosphere with Argentinean sound, the bands tries different styles, "Mitad X Mitad" is very jazzy, the violin (Yes I can listen a violin but don't know if it's played with a synth) sounds a bit like Jean Luc Ponty, they tried something totally different and did it well.

They follow the change of style, with "Accionista" it's time for Rock, clear and evident Argentinean rock sound, not bad but neither a great track, I believe they were able to make something better. "2" ends with "Fotografía", now a poppy track, this time reminds of Genesis but not of the great band we love, instead of that they went closer to the Invisible Touch era, simply I can't understand why the guys from "PABLO EL ENTERRADOR" made such a dramatic change at the end of the album, seems like they ran out of material and added some weaker tracks.

If they wanted to make something different, they could have done this in the middle of the album and close it with the Symphonic "Solo Viento" or the jazzy "Mitad X Mitad", "Fotografía" is the only really weak song..

If it wasn't for the last track, I believe the album would deserve 5 stars, but having it (And the not bad but weak "Accionista") I have no alternative than limit myself to a solid 4 stars rating, something that bothers me because the first seven tracks are so good that if they stopped there or even before "Fotografía", "2" would have been as strong as their debut release and get the maximum rating.

Each and every Symphonic fan should get "2" evenif not able to understand the lyrics, the music is incredible and making a small effort with the translation, the lyrics are also enjoyable.

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 Pablo Studio Album, 1983
3.79 | 44 ratings

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Pablo "El Enterrador"
Pablo Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars This eponymous album by Pablo 'the gravedigger' from 1979 contains eight pleasant and melodic compositions, loaded with great dual keyboard work (Oberheim - , Moog - and ARP Pro Solist synthesizers, Hammond organ and Yamaha CP 70 electric piano) evoking Tony Banks, Supertramp and the Seventies Italian progrock scene like Banco and PFM (classically inspired sound). The wonderful electric guitar play is in the vein of Hakcett and Latimer, lots of emotion! At some moments Pablo El Enterrador sounds a bit polished (like Phil Collins Genesis) but in general the music on this album sounds like 24-carat symphonic rock that is rooted in the unsurpassed Seventies. For more deails see the other reviews, especially from Cesar Inca Mendoza.


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Pablo Symphonic Prog

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5 stars This is rich, symphonic music at it's best. It is very well done and if you are into symphonic progressive at all, this is a must. The Locanda delle Fate comparison is accurate. If you like that band, you should like this as well, but don't expect an imitator, they are original in their own right. The vocalist is expressive and has a pleasant, expressive voice, without being wimpy and the arrangements are top notch.

While it can't say for certain that it is an absolute "5", it is easily a "4 3/4 stars". Among the very best from South America.

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