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0.720 ALEACION

0.720 Aleacion

 

Prog Folk

3.02 | 21 ratings

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ClemofNazareth
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3 stars My understanding is that this album was made by a Mexican super-group of sorts as a tribute to the victims of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that killed as many as an estimated 10,000 people and left more than ten times that number homeless. The quake struck at 7:20am local time, presumably where the “0.720” comes from in the album’s name.

This is an instrumental album full of very short compositions, most of them only a couple minutes long and some even shorter. While the musicians are all Mexican, the overall sound seems to be based on a native style that predates Spanish influences, hence its common designation as folk music.

There is a heavy presence of flute and violin throughout, and the drums sound almost Caribbean at times. This is not at all the kind of Mexican music one typically expects to hear from the center of that country, but is rather like a celebration of roots and of the people and the culture of that nation.

A few tracks stand out, including the very soft and respectful “Campana del silencio”; the completely percussive “Y retiemble en su centro”; and the curiously Celtic-sounding “Danzante”. I guess any band that marries the flute with violin in a folkish arrangement is bound to be compared to Celtic music.

This isn’t a masterpiece or anything like that, but it is a very peaceful and beautiful collection of short instrumental vignettes that is quite pleasant to listen to. A few extended pieces would have definitely improved the overall package, but one can’t complain with what the artists decided to commit to disc. A three star effort and worth listening to if you have a chance.

peace

ClemofNazareth | 3/5 |

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