Sjef Oellers 29-March-2001 Hablo de una Tierra

Granada's first album essays a large variety of musical styles which just as often work beautifully as they don't. Pastoral/romantic prog, folky acoustic parts, fiery guitar-flute sections recalling Focus or Jethro Tull, mellotron-drenched symphonic prog, fusion pass the revue, but there are also uninspired moments like the cheesy pop muzak of "Nada es Real". The last track has some heavily accented English vocals with a musical backing probably supposed to sound like latin rock. About halfway, a much better Jethro Tull-ish section follows, which finally leads to a flute solo over a funk rock groove. An uneven album, which nevertheless showed that this band did have the potential to make some great music. And indeed, Hablo de una Tierra pales in comparison to the two albums that would follow.

Sjef Oellers 29-March-2001 Espaņa aņo 75, Valle del Pas

Both Espaņa Aņo 75 and Valle del Pas consist of instrumental, melodic progressive rock with occasionally surprising moments, which include the use of orchestration and bagpipes. They play a similar brand of easy going progressive rock like Crack, Iman or Triana (although more sophisticated than the latter band). Both albums are much more consistent in style and quality than their debut Hablo de Una Tierra, but they still lack the spark to be called classic. Nevertheless, these are arguably some of the best albums to start exploring the Spanish progressive scene, especially if you like symphonic progressive rock.

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