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Ordinàries Aventures

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Ordinàries Aventures, the fifth record by the Catalan jazz-rock group, finds them down to a four piece with the departure of keyboardist Jordi Soley. The group sounds a little closer to rock on this outing, making it slightly more clunky and far less of the relaxed flowing grooves that marked some of their earlier albums, though traces of their old style and the ethnic folk music still seeps in at the corners. At least it's still pretty lively for the most part, as the group seem to take in early new wave influences. This time around guitarist Esteve Fortuny composed the music, with none of the group-improvised compositions that dominated much of their early albums. They also sing on most of the tracks, but this doesn't really add anything but instead takes away some of the looseness of their music as it becomes fitted into song format. On the plus side, there are some nice violin solos along with the guitar and sax workouts, and some unusual drum machine crops in on a track or two. One must give the group some credit for trying out more styles, but as an experiment it doesn't quite gel, and many of their moves smack too much of compromising their art for something more pop sounding.

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