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Beautiful Scarlet
2 stars Mediocre at best cheesy at worst.

Until African Bird I was thinking 3* as the first three tracks are plain standard Jazz Fusion fare, however Africa Bird mixes it up.

African Bird is a track with percussion opener that sets down a groove over which terrible old latin pop happens. The vocals have this awful aged quality to them sounding very dated, in a bad way. Anyways, Jazz fusion occurs after the admittedly brief vocal work and it is pretty solid with some nice flute. Unfortunately, the vocals return with their cheerful poppy dee da bum da de da harmony falsetto. From here a new annoying percussion groove takes the over, which is bad as it sounds like cans being slapped wildly. Over this the vocalist adds some needed car chase sound effects?

The next track in conjunction with African Bird solidified this album as 2* tier. Corre Nina has these irritating eastern sounding vocalizations, chanting and other atrocious vocals displays. Then the track gets worse as the song gets faster and an accordion introduces a new section. This section has the songs highlights, some good keyboard playing that finally meshes with what the singer. There is also some nicer Spanish singing, romantic and powerful.

Aside from these two tracks the other four are acceptable, they aren't what I'd consider great, but just good jazz fusion work with very Latin vocals. Really, this album lacks anything standout aside for negative reasons, ergo 2/5 would not recommend. (Also with they didn't use the string synth, gives the music an extra cheesy sound, completely unnecessary.)

Beautiful Scarlet | 2/5 |


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