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FANDANGOS IN SPACE

Carmen

 

Prog Folk

3.83 | 120 ratings

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sgtpepper
3 stars The music has more unique and interesting sound that it has its compositions. Very original blend of flamenco, folk rock and progressive rock. Singing is of acquired taste with average voice colour and not big range but harmonies save it quite often. The focus is on the feeling and flow more than on instrumental prowess and that is good so because the sound keeps its folky spirit and warmth. Rhythmically, especially the first track makes you want to dance and it certainly provide quite some dynamics - Bulerias with its Spanish lyrics is one of the highlights. "Bullfight" has some hard riffing but great folk harmony vocals and finally also a decent keyboard solo. The vocal intensity reminds a bit of Ian Anderson, we can all this track a true prog-rock work.

But then we get a simplified and poppy song like "Stepping stone" which create an obscure feeling. "Sailor song" has a perfect blend of folk charm, vocal harmonies and gorgeous melody. This is a well constructed track. "Lonely house" is a good ballad. "Tales of a spain" is quite a unusual signature - adventureous development of the composition but takes repeated listening. "Retirando" is a beautiful lyrical song that only goes for two minutes - they could have kept in instrumental. The title track is one of the most complex compositions but for me not particularly a stand-out.

Worth listening, maybe even a repeated one ;)

sgtpepper | 3/5 |

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