FGL

De Granada a la Luna

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FGL is the performing name of Federico Garcia Lorca, an avant-garde performer right out of the John Cale/John Zorn school of collaborative weirdness. Taking virtually every genre known to man and blending it together with guests ranging from the bright and open-minded Neneh Cherry to Cale himself, FGL still leaves the listener unimpressed by the end of the album. The main problem is that the schizophrenia that the album's concept revolves around also makes for a wildly uneven collection, jumping from genre to genre with little holding it together outside of an overall darkness that rarely lets up. Between the gloomy mood and the overall tossed-together nature of the album, one can't help but be disappointed at the sheer amount of sonic experiments that fall flat or go on far too long. Most of the time, albums like this can still be recommended because they are so fiercely experimental, but that does little to save this material from being forgettable. Some may hunt this down just for the amount of talent featured on the two discs, but be warned that there is nothing that special here outside of some directionless experiments that confound the listener without satisfaction.

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