Seguridad Social

Un Beso y una Flor

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Un Beso y una Flor is a compilation designed to introduce the revamped, post-punk phase lineup of the Spanish rock band to the Latin alternative market in the Western Hemisphere. Five songs come from 1993's Furia Latina, three plus an alternate club mix are from 1991's Que No Se Extinga la Llama, and the reggae-flavored rock title track reappears on En la Boca del Volcán two years later. Seguridad Social is a smart outfit and the bandmembers chose the songs well, emphasizing the harder side of the band's punky, chunky guitar-oriented sound to make an excellent showcase of the group's command of hard rock rudiments. José Manuel Casañ writes good songs and sings them convincingly, Alberto Tarín keeps surprising with unexpected guitar licks, and the rhythm section drives hard to generate momentum yet plays little enough so that any extra touches tossed in jump out. The spare, punchy production captures the force and flair of the songs and the rockabilly-tinged "Mi Rumba Tarumba" and "Que No Se Extinga la Llama surprisingly recall early X. Un Beso y una Flor is probably the best introduction to a band whose fortunes headed rapidly downhill soon thereafter -- unless you want to jump straight to the Furia Latina and Que No Se Extinga la Llama albums to get all of this lineup of Seguridad Social in its prime.

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