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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 13 April 2009
This review is from: Zyryab (Audio CD)
If we ignore the early pot-boilers from when Lucía was a teenager, then with every album up to this point he moved forward. Here, however, he seems to be at a relative loss. Perhaps he was merely pausing and taking stock, but the unity of Siroco is missing from this recording.

The starkness of the former is again found in the opening Bulería, and the Taranta, which are the two best tracks. After this, however, the album goes downhill. "Chick" is pleasant enough (although nothing to do with Flamenco). The pyrotechnics of the much-heralded duet with Manolo Sanlúcar, "Compadres", can't conceal the fact that it doesn't have much to say. The drums and flute on the title track merely add increased employment among musicians.

Lucía knows Flamenco inside and out, and thus is able to take elements from other kinds of music and fit them into it with good taste. Unfortunately, he simply hasn't the vocabulary to produce jazz of comparable quality; and while I have certainly heard a lot worse, it is sad to hear one of the World's greatest musicians sounding like a second-rate Baden Powell, as he does on "Playa del Carmen"; "Canción de Amor" is just elevator music, a depressing low point in the artist's recording career.

The information provided is not so much minimal as nonexistent, devoid of even the usual expostulations from Felix Grande. We are left to deduce what we can about the other musicians from the composer credits, and Lucía's expressions of thanks.

Despite moments of great beauty, this album is a mess: not a concept, but a disjointed collection of odds and ends.

The total time is 42'20".
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Initial post: 24 Jun 2011 18:28:28 BDT
John Miller says:
I totally disagree with Paul's review, I have to say I come into this as a novice not knowing Paco De Lucia's track record, I first purchased this CD in the music department of El Corte Ingles whilst on a sojourn to Seville in 1992, I took a dive and purchased said item on a whim, to me Paco encapsulates the spirit of Andalusia, the title track alone with his playing of an Arab lute evokes that age when Spain was in the Moorish orbit of influence.

He's thrown some experimentation into the mix, but that's always a risk, the flamenco singers have taken a gulp of helium to elevate there larynx'es to falsetto level sure, but that all adds to the production which in 1990 was and still is contemporary, the one criticism I have is that the closing track, "Almonte" was cut short just as it seems it was getting in it's stride.

Not so bad!

Lighten up Paul.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2011 20:27:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2011 19:23:23 BDT
Yes, if you're new to Flamenco, it may seem impressive. See if you still feel the same way when you're familiar with his previous output.

Which of course you may. Chacun à son goût, de gustibus and so forth.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2011 13:27:30 BDT
John Miller says:
I've researched and I cannot find these 2 in his repertoire, you're not an opera fan by any chance as they pop up as excerpts from, respectively; Johann Strauss' 'Die Fledermaus', and 'The Fuzz Peach' by Leonard Elliott and Irma Jurist, whoever they are!

Posted on 15 Dec 2012 16:07:22 GMT
Zyrab is a great album, by any ones standards, this review seems to be written by a jealous man trying to be a lot cleverer than he actuall is, but he doesnt realise it.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2012 21:08:41 GMT
You're assertion is factually incorrect: it's not a great album by my standards :-)

If YOU like it, fine.
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