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FANDANGOS IN SPACE

Carmen

 

Prog Folk

3.84 | 127 ratings

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koresea
4 stars An album where Jethro Tull meets Spanish folk. this is a really fun album to listen to, with elements of hard rock and psychedelic rock cautiously incorporated into a flamenco/fandango style creating a truly original and cool experience.

The album opens with "Bulerias" and in the sequence "Bullfight", this is the "singles" material of the album, showing off all the talent and creativity of the musicians of the band. Here we can already feel the strong influence of Spanish music both in the instrumental and lyrics. The way the vocalist sing, incorporating the Latin feeling to the music is pretty dope.

"Stepping Stone" goes to a more "space-rock" direction, creating a nice change of pace in the album after the two similar songs that come later. The bass in this song is awesome, with louder chords that add a nice "funky" element to the song.

"Sailor Song" begins as what you expect for the name, is a common "sailor-theme" song, classic "slow hard-rock", but I must say that the emotion the vocalist (David Allen) put in here makes worth, in the half of the song the harmony shifts and we are back to the great classic progressive rock.

The next three songs are the "weak parts" of the album in my opinion, "Lonely House" and "Looking Outside (My Window)" are just the basic that is shown to us until now, it's not bad but I consider the other songs far superior. Tarantos is a good acoustic guitar solo, nothing of rock here just a good flamenco short song but without anything exceptional besides this.

The last part of the album is kinda like a mini-suite "Tales of Spain/Retirando/Fandangos in Space/Reprise Finale", and is THE SONG of the album, all the elements introduced before now are used at its full potential. The great vocals of the "Sailor song" are here again together with good backing vocals creating powerful choruses in all the songs. The instrumental is good too, every instrumentalist has their moment to show his skills and none of them disappoint.

Fandangos in space is a hidden gem inside prog-rock who must be listened to by all fans of the genre, especially those who like songs that "rocks" without losing the daring concepts and technical aspects. 4 Stars

koresea | 4/5 |

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