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Los Jaivas


Prog Folk

3.52 | 65 ratings

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2 stars As many symphonic and lyrical rock formations of its age, Los Jaivas sometimes suffers of its own very old dated musical iconography. Nevertheless I must confess that this album has a certain charm , not only by its attractive combination between rock and Andines folk, traditional music but also by its achieved sense of melody (for instance in the reflective ballad "Cancion del Sur"). Consequently this album is rather unequal in term of musical quality. The opening tune is a typical, catchy piano piece by Los Jaivas. Songs as "Canción Para Los Pŕjaros", "En La Cumbre De Un Cerro " and "Dum Dum Tambora" represent the worst part of the album: just soft exotic stuffs for "tourist" clubs. The bonus "Mambo de Machaguey" and "Sueno Del Inca" are a clever association between real traditional music and the dynamic structure of prog rock. I'm staying sceptic about this concept could be by far better if the band successed to break out the conventions but it's not the case. I'm staying divided but my heart can make still make the distinction between sensitive "authentic" folk inspirations and poor, mainstream ballads with evident "exotic" accents.
philippe | 2/5 |


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