Friday, 12 July 2013

Alhandal - Rotta (2012)



The second album from this Spanish band.

Alhandal is following in the good old Spanish art rock tradition. The Spanish vocals automatic gives this album a Spanish flavour. Alhandal's music is also almost impossible to pinpoint to one genre. They are jumping from banal pop to rock, eastern music, heavy metal, ambient and electronica on this 2 CDs album. A double album in other words. So let us call their music for art rock. Art is what this type of music is and art is what Rotta is.

Rotta is also a concept album about one young person called Jacob who has cerebral palsy and then reaches success and an identity crisis. There are some Tommy over this and this The Who rock opera is not far from what Rotta is.

The music is performed by keyboards, guitars, samples, bass and drums. All of it competently played. The sound is very good. This double album is a very big chunk of music to swallow as it is so diverse. That too makes it very interesting. The band has a massive potential and Rotta is their crowning glory. It is the Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and Tommy of our time.
Some of the music here is very good. Other parts is not so good. But in a strange way, it really captures my attention. It is a very good album who is only missing a killer track to really make it a great album. I recommend this album.

3.5 points

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