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Symphonic Prog

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The Crow
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4 stars Second album from the best 70's prog band from my country!

Being not so outstanding as the first "El Patio", "Hijos del Agobio" is another gem of pure psychedelic prog with a lot of influences of Andalucia's flamenco music. This second Triana's statement is maybe less folk than its predecessor, and more psychedelic and symphonic, with an obvious dominance of keyboards in the structure of the songs... The title track is a perfect example. Rumor is another great and catchy song, in the vein of their first release.

The band's evolution towards psychedelic elements is evident in songs like Sentimiento de Amor and Necesito, but it's still far from the complexity of the later "Sombra Y Luz", a boring album lost in its own attemp to be a psychedelic masterpiece.

The lyrics on "Hijos del Agobio", are similar to "El Patio", but a lot more of variety... Jesús de la Rosa makes a melancholic aproaching to love (Sentimiento de Amor), about nature (Señor Troncoso) and sometimes they talk about andalucian social themes (Hijos del Agobio). These lyrics are, like usual in Triana, a bit cryptic but over the top.

It's a pity this album has some songs under good level of the album: the silly Recuerdos de Triana and the odd ¡Ya está bien!. And the fact that "El Patio" is the best spanish symphonic prog album, makes "Hijos del Agobio" to turn little bit pale in comparision.

Best tracks: Hijos del Agobio, Rumor and Sr. Troncoso.

Conclusion: if you want to hear a really special prog band, wich mixes King Crimson, Van deer Gran Generator and Yes elements with a lof of andalucian flamenco folk influences, then give Triana an opportunity... Although "El Patio" is without a doubt their best album and the right point to start with them, "Hijos del Agobio" is another excellent collection of music. Recommended!

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |


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