Thursday, 14 September 2017
Cai - Noche Abierta (1980)
The second album from this Spanish band.
Cai was a quintet on this album with a lineup of bass, drums, guitars, percussions, keyboards, piano and Spanish vocals.
Their 1979 debut album Mas Alla De Nuestras Mentes Diminutas was a good album. Symphonic prog meets Spanish flamenco and folk music. Read my review here.
Noch Abierta continues in the same vein as their debut album. Clever eclectic symphonic prog with lots of flamenco and folk rock influences. The Spanish vocals are good and the flamenco creates a pretty unique sound. A pretty unique sound the band shares with a lot of other Spanish bands too.
I have always both enjoyed and respected the Spanish prog rock scene. This album is regarded as one of the best albums from that scene. I am not sure about that.
Nevertheless, the music is flowery and dynamic with lots of interesting details. The songs are good to very good and the sound is lovely.
The album is thirty-six minutes long and has a very good ambience. A very good Spanish ambience which makes you respect this country a lot. The album draws you in and does not leave you. Hence my verdict.