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4 stars Another example of flamenco rock. Azahar shows us in his self-titled album with strong roots Arab of Andalusian rock .

The first cut, 'Expresso a Ketama' is a great and powerful album start, with great guitar work, which is the basis of the song.

In 'La Naranja y el Limon', Azahar musicians show us their virtuosity, especially the bass line. The keyboard has a distinctly Arab atmospheres. However, the voice is not as melodic as Jesus de la Rosa (Triana) for example.

'Noche de Primavera' tries to emulate the flamenco rhythms of early Triana, as in 'Zahira', especially in the synth and percussion. 'Bulerias de Lujo' follows with this percussion work, which reminds me 'Tele' Rodriguez work on Triana.

In 'El Mago Acidote' we can see modern sound (The difference between Azahar and Triana). This cut shows the best vocal performance of the album. Some female voices, also in this song, reminds me spanish popular 70s music (Mocedades for example)

Next Track 'Aire y Fuego' with first one 'Expresso a Ketama' will be clear influences for 80 and 90s bands and artists like 'El Ultimo de la Fila' y Manolo Garcia (always with arabic music influences in his albums). In addition, this track sounds like a Triana clone.

Last Track 'Expreso de Ketama' is a great end of the album. It's like a modern music travel from Andalusian Rock to Spanish Prog. One of the highlights of the album.

In conclusion 'Azahar' is a good addition to your Flamenco Rock collection.

(+) Modern Sound, in opposition of other Andalusian Groups. The reason? Using modern instruments. (-) Sometimes this album seems a Triana clone and the vocals aren`t so melodic as Triana.

Popovych | 4/5 |


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