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Pablo El Enterrador


Symphonic Prog

3.82 | 58 ratings

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3 stars Butter me up honey!

This is pure butter and olive oil. I mean if you are one of those crazy geneticists who fancies splicing similar sounding bands together, and indeed thinks that the formerly mentioned fatty ingredients belong together, then you should definitely hunt this little album down. I hear distinct Marillion traces on this one along with the late blooming RPI groups like Locanda delle Fate. This group sports an overpowering love of electric piano that fills the airwaves like small tap-dancing mice doing a musical edition of classically inspired tunes - reeking of early 80s infatuated melody lines and sweet nectar running down the walls. Yes there are traces of that old Genesis keyboard pounder Monsieur Banks, and even if those sweeping runs donīt sound particularly original, they sure feel heartfelt and gorgeous at the same time. Putting these musical mice into a jolly blend of soaring and high-pitched double cream vocals, that reminds me of another Argentinian tenor named Luis Alberto Spinetta - the obvious smorgasbord of several fatty acids all thrown into one big bowl is now well established.

Then why do I love this album so much? I tend to go for the dirty, gritty, out-there, spontaneous, acid-drenched and mad, when it comes down to the progressive lands of music, yet somehow this album just strikes a chord in me - warms me up in times of cold plastics and heartless Christmasy falseness. Thereīs really no other way of putting it. Although El Enterrador isnīt the most progressive of albums, it sure puts its hand down my trousers, and that has something to do with the way these tunes are put together. The song-writing is magnificent - and to think Iīd almost forgotten about that specific trade inside this wild and perplex musical world.... Just like Marillionīs key-trade was the combination of beautiful uncomplicated melodies, charismatic vocals and a penchant for well orchestrated song-writing - this Argentinian band also utilizes some of the same honey smearing facets to win you over - and it quite simply works. Oh yeah, you can butter me up any-time.

The occasional moog and arp synths taking over in the music, gracing you with welcoming colours to the mix, are used to penetrate the somewhat ethereal and docile nature of the individual pieces. The guitar leads here are put to use in the same sort of manner, and to me that helps the music from turning into something that is so completely slippery and suave, that had it been without them - it surely would make me choke in lard exposure - overdosing on dairy products. No thank you very much - sometimes I want my butter slightly rancid.

Apart from the 80s production and the overpowering lushness of this release, I still enjoy it very much, and find some sort of indescribable comfort in putting music on, that works much the same way as a good after sun lotion following a day spent under a scorchingly hot barbecue sky, - or maybe you just need some sonic ointment to help calm you down after your daily dosage of Magma.

A break from insanity and bewilderment - a soothing and beautiful venture in double cream that will have you reaching for the blackest of coffees afterwards. 3.5 stars.

Guldbamsen | 3/5 |


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