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This review is from: Aocana (Audio CD)
The musical wizardry which permeated Ojos De Brujos'
last two studio albums was as refreshing as it was remarkable.
'Bari' (2002) and especially 'Techari' (2006) were both
saturated with enough exotically intoxicating ideas
to satisfy even the most demanding fusion junkie.
'Feedback', one of the standout tracks on 'Techari', still sets
my fur ablaze with it's skittering rhythms and pure raw energy
every time I hear it.
Ojos De Brujo were a band it was difficult to keep still to.
'Aocana' is a somewhat different can of anchovies.
The rhythm and the invention are still there to some
degree but the electricity which made this band so magical
has diminished significantly.
The twelve tracks in this new collection plough a fairly
uniform furrow. Mid-paced tempi; stylistically repetetive
vocal harmonies and brass volleys and a woeful lack of
dynamic variation throughout in production quality.
All a bit dull and lacklustre truth be told.
'Donde Te Has Metio' ('Where Have You Got To')
almost reaches past glories.
The raucous arrangement allows Ms Abad to do what she
does best - spitting out the lyrics like firecrackers.
'Un Verdad Incomoda', ('An Inconvenient Truth'), on the other
hand is an absolute stinker. A cringe-worthy, catch-all,
social-conscience number lacking both credibility and sincerity.
'Tantas Flores' almost takes off with it's clattering percussive
intro and outro but slips back into mediocrity in the central
section with Ms Abad's formulaic vocal delivery.
Final track 'Lluvia' ('Rain') brings the
album to a damp and downbeat conclusion.
That Ojos De Brujo are a force to be reckoned with
in live performance is well known.
It is possible within that context that they might breathe some
life into these songs in a way they have almost completely failed
to do within the confines of the recording studio.