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    Abuelo, Miguel Y Nada – “Miguel Abuelo Y Nada” – [Les Uns Par Les Autres]

    70’s Argentina rock with pronounced arena gusto. Lead singer
    Miguel Angel Peralta donned the eponymous psuedonym, “Abuelo”
    and many grandparents today would have dug this back in its
    hey day. Abuelo had an old soul, and a rough road through
    addiction, in and out of bands, across the Atlantic to France
    (where this was recorded) and finally to a much too early
    grave sadly due to AIDS. His voice rivals the pyrotechnics
    of the big budget US coliseums. In addition (or in spite)
    of his skills, it seems he just has fun with his voice, as
    in the first words on the album and also in the stuttery
    “El Muelle.” And his soaring screech reaches the rarified
    air where Robert Plant’s overly tight jeans elevated his
    pipes. The album is flushed out with plenty of double guitar
    leads, and even an open string trill up solo on “Tirando
    Piedras Al Rio.” There’s Moog moves on “Recala Sabido
    Forastero”, faux harpsichord rococo intros and diabolic strings
    attached to “Octavo Sendero.” Twelve string acoustic moments
    with matches raised by the maddening crowd. You bet! And all
    of this before the phrase “Rock en Espanol” became a tear
    in an A&R man’s saliva. This started as a “Really??” listen
    for me, but wound up as a complete “De Veras!!” Dude, where’s
    my spandex?!?!

    -Thurston Hangover

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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