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0.720 Aleacion


Prog Folk

3.03 | 27 ratings

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3 stars 1985, a terrible year in Mexican history!

It was the 1985, the same year when i was born, the exactly date is September 19, i was a baby with only 3 months, so obviously i dont remember anything, but all mexican people have that date in our minds, because a disaster happened, an Earthquake which destroyed lots of buildings and killed so many people, probably the worst natural disaster that has happened here and will live forever in our memory.

Due to that terrible event, mexican people gathered together to help each other (honestly we are a united counrty) and a group of musicians called 0.760 Aleacion decided to create an album with great music, with folk and mexican music but in the progressive side, in order to collect money to help people devastated by the earthquake. Sadly the album had not so much success, but actually as i said i wasn`t looking for success, it was looking for some good way to help, this self titled album was released in 1986 under Sol & Deneb records, and was their only album.

Now let`s talk about the music: (thanks to Micky for it`s addition) The band is here under Prog Folk, and im sure that it`s the correct genre, where they really belong so you can have a little idea about the music. The album has 8 original tracks with a lenght of 35 minutes , plus 9 short extra tracks which complete only 5 minutes more.

Let me tell you that you will listen to an album without vocals, completely instrumental, which starst with a short song which is something like an intro and since we can appreciate the first notes, we will know what kind of music do they play, an excellent flute work along with great percussions and a very talented guitarist, "Tarahumara" is the second song, actually the name of the songs here have much to do with mexican roots and history, taking us to the prehispanic period when different cultures as Mayas or Mexicas existed, nowadays when we visit the ruins and pyramids, we could listen to this kind of music and feel like the past has taken us to a trip over all mexican cultures, here flute sound is what makes the music sooo folkish, but also the sound of violin is an extra point here reminding me like some parts of Veracruz and the frontier with Guatemala. The music here is very soft and calmed, we can relax easily while listening to it and also feel like we are listening to beautiful music, but im pretty sure that if you do not follow folk music and different styles from different countries this album will be boring for you. "Danzante" is a song with a faster and proggier sound, it also contains some people`s whispers again reminding me to the classic and antique mexican culture, the violin has a principal role in this song which accompanied with the great acoustic guitar and drums make it a great song.

"Templo Mayor" is another excellent song, if someday you come to Mexico City, you must visit the Templo Mayor, one of the principal structures and "towns" that the past has left to us, this song has the traditional sound of flute and percussion which sound like a dance, a mexican dance i mean with mexicas.

All the extra or bonus tracks whatever you call them are little pieces with their history in the mexican culture.

Honestly i think that te album is great but not so complex in terms of prog rock, it could be so enjoyable to any prog fan for sure, and also you can know and appreciate a bit of our culture and music from the past, but this is not the best album that a mexican prog band has offered at all, i repeat, the music is great but i feel like something is missing there, so for me this album deserves 3 stars! Anyway i recommend it to you all!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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