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CAJA DE PANDORA

Caja De Pandora

 

Symphonic Prog

3.36 | 11 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars The mexican prog scene may be small, but that country does not lack her share of fine musicians and interesting bands (besides the obvious names that are Cast and Decibel). However, Caja de Pandora was a totally new name for me. And I guess it is for many people too. They only recorded an album in 1981 before they disbanded. Apparently it was only released in 1991 and then again in 1997 with 3 extra tracks. But sure enough it was recorded in the early 80īs as the synths sounds testify.

Overall the music here is fine instrumental symphonic prog with keyboards as the mains instrument throughout the whole album. The guitar rarely makes its presence felt, but the the rhythm section is very good. The production is ok, nothing too fancy but adequate for the time I guess. The songs are varied, creative and interesting, although not really outstanding. Classical and jazzy influences abounds, plus a Italian prog rock touch is also present most of the time. Unfortunately the use of mostly 80īs synths instead of more organic and bombastic keys like Hammond organ or ARP strings makes the sound a bit thin for the style they adopted. That remark is not a criticism to their music but only a personal opinion. I believe other people will like their approach more.There are no real highlights here, but also no lows either. A fairly even instrumental CD.

If you like keyboard driven music I strongly recommend you try this one. Caja de Pandora may not be a long lost prog gem, but it surely has its charm and value. Specially if you like the simpler side of instrumental symphonic prog.

final rating: something between 3 and 3.5 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |

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