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QUENTADHARKňN

Amarok

 

Prog Folk

3.82 | 52 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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2 stars I can't for the life of me remember why I wanted this record. I'm not into Folk music so I must have thought there was something about this that was different. It does have a World music vibe no doubt, even Celtic at times but this is Folk music with a female singer. Now if you are into Folk this Spanish band will impress you i'm sure.

"Hsieh" picks up a minute in with sax, drums and bass. Flute replaces the sax as they trade off for a while. They keep mixing things up in this song. Violin comes and goes. Vocals 4 1/2 minutes in and i'm not a fan although she sings fine. Best part of the song is 6 1/2 minutes in when the guitar shows up. "La Ultima Expedicion" features organ and an epic sound early then the synths and a beat take over. Vocals a minute in as it settles. A spacey calm before 3 1/2 minutes when the vocals stop. It kicks in with vocals before 4 minutes. "Encantamiento" sounds like we are in China. Very Eastern sounding. "Tierra Boreal" is much better. A good beat and rhythm with sax and flute helping out. Organ then leads before 1 1/2 minutes then it settle a minute later. Sounds like mellotron then accordion after 5 minutes followed by vocals a minute later. Guitar before 8 minutes. This is better. Vocals return to end it.

"La Espiral" is Chinese sounding then the vocals come in at 2 minutes. Not a fan. Accordion too then it kicks in before 6 1/2 minutes followed by guitar. "Alumbrado" has piano, flute and mellotron sounds. Mellow stuff. "Los Origenes" opens with acoustic guitar as cymbals and piano join in. An electric guitar solo follows then back to piano. It settles late with mellotron. "Los Hechos" is mellow with vocals. "La Batalla" opens with piano and sax then it kicks in with vocals. I like the instrumental break that follows then the vocals return before 3 1/2 minutes with piano and violin. "Final" is laid back with vocals, flute and more. Not a fan. "Coda" is led by synths and percussion after a minute followed by organ then a Celtic vibe. Vocals return after 3 minutes.

For fans only in my opinion. Not a fan of this album at all. Highly recommended to fans of Folk though.

Mellotron Storm | 2/5 |

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