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Sui Generis


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2 stars Sui Generis, the root of that bird`s machine.

In 1969 Argentina saw the creation of one of their most important rock bands in their history, Sui Generis was created when two well known musicians gathered together after haveing played in other bands, Charly Garcia and Nito Mestre put together their musical ideas and formed this band.

Sui Generis played an important role in the Argentinian rock scene since that was the band which some years later gave light to La Maquina de Hacer Pajaros, which created the album called Peliculas and its one of my personal favourite pro albums from that country, La Maquina de Hacer Pajaros and Seru Giran were more prog oriented that Sui Generis, but its important to know the roots of everything, Sui Generis was very popular at the moment, and still one of the better recognized bands in the Argentinian rock history.

They released 3 albums, the second one released in 1973 and named Confesiones de Invierno featuring 9 songs and a total lenght of 35 minutes, i first discovered La Maquina de Hacer Pajaros, i loved the music and wanted to search more about their roots, that is how i found out Sui Generis as its predecesor.

It all starts with Cuando ya me empece a quedar solo, a soft piano driven song, very catchy tunes with some vocal armonies, Charly Garcia is a prolific musician, some people may not like his work, i particularly do, he is clearly the leader of the band. Bienvenidos al Tren , the piano leadership is evident, it is not a superb playing but it clearly marks the way of the musical compass and everything, there is some harmonica making a bluesy tone, the song itself has that catchy sound that makes something popular, nice vocals armonies. Un hada, un cisne is a soft song with melodic vocals and a slow tempo drumming, kind of a ballad the first half, while in the second we will notice their jazzy tendencies, nice piano work and pleasant bass playing. Confesiones de Invierno the title track is basically an acoustic guitar + vocals song, reminding me to some local singers/songwriters. Rasguña las piedras has the same tendency, soft and melodic music, catchy tunes with very nice vocal armonies, the keyboard work is pretty good with the ambience created, we will listen to some wind instruments, a singable chorus. Lunes otra vez an even catchier song which im sure was popular in those times (in Argentina, of course), there are some similarities with this kind of popular music with some mexican popular bands from that era. Aprendizajes fllows the same line, easy listening and not complex music, nice lyrics and vocals, there are some nice flute sound as well. Mr. Jones, o pequeña semblanza de una familia tipo americana is a short rock and roll song, different from the other ones, pretty good but there are thousands of better songs in this vein, there is a good guitar solo over there. Tribulaciones, lamento y ocaso de un tonto rey imaginario, o no , with this track the album finishes, piano and vocals at the beginning, then there are some keyboard background making the sound of a vocal chorus, the song follows the same line until the last minute which becomes stronger and a bit rockier, reminding me a bit to some english folk moments.

Let me explain you something, giving 2 stars to an album does not neccessary mean that is a bad album,this is NOT a bad album at all, its nice and i personally would grade it with 3 stars, but in the other hand the album is not prog at all, that is why is listed as prog related, my grade will be 2 stars because i consider it wouldn`t be a worth addition to anyone who is looking for prog in specific, but if you like Argentinian music, and enjoy what Charly Garcia has done throughout the years, this is for you.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 2/5 |


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