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JOSÉ LUIS FERNÁNDEZ LEDESMA & MARGARITA BOTELLO: SOL CENTRAL

José Luis Fernández Ledesma

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.41 | 29 ratings

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admireArt
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4 stars No wonder José Luis Fernández Ledesma & Margarita Botello´s Sol Central (2000) rates so good in this site.

Rich in daring compositions and stylistic directions but mantaining coherence in its whole structure, each track (there are 8) showcases extremely good musical ideas in the true spirit of RiO´s disruptive musical language and the same it holds on to a keen sense of irreverent and raw humor.

As mentioned this Sol Central covers many stylistic grounds and some distant musical references to Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, Frank Zappa & The Residents which are subtly splashed here and there but never substituting Fernández Ledesma´s own musical idiom.

One of the key ingredients which makes this album so undeniably unique and yet not overexploited in its use is its connection to its geographical roots. Yes, if you live or had lived in México these elements will pop up like fireworks on any given Sunday if not its eerie endearing nature will drift swiftly into your ears as exotic postcards from a mysterious and somewhat wild nevertheless spellbinding land .

Usually I am no big fan of sung compositions, I do prefer instrumental music, however I am no fool as to deny myself the pleasure of listening to songs which hold the perfect balance and doses of lyrics moreover if they are as inventive, respectful to the music yet freely chaotic and humorous as this record displays.

An unmissable addition to any RiO/Avant Prog collection and some other curious cat´s one.

****4.5 PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |

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