Tribe of Gypsies

Revolucion 13

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After the competent but perhaps rushed Nothing Lasts Forever EP, there could have been concern regarding Tribe of Gypsies' creative development. But on Revolucion 13 the group surpassed even the most hopeful of expectations. Among the most revolutionary moments on this JVC/Victor release are the strange soundscapes reminiscent of Pink Floyd's Meddle, complete with freewheeling guitar solos, embanked on dense but musical near cacophonies. Bandleader Roy Z condenses some the indulgent guitar moments, choosing his notes more carefully than on the group's fiery debut. The supporting cast of Dave Ingraham on drums, Edward Casillas on bass, Elvis Pallaares and Mario Aguilar helping out with additional percussion, and new vocalist Gregory Analla contribute nicely to Z's ambitious new vision. Analla's smoother delivery adds a cerebral but vibrant element to Tribe of Gypsies' message, which mixes well with the band's updated guitar and songwriting approach. While more meditative than earlier efforts from the band, Revolucion 13 is not at all soft. The heavy moments are actually heavier, but the jagged, instrumental free for alls are limited, or rather presented in a more subtle and complex way. Rock fans who like to get a little something extra from their CD purchases -- whether it's superior musicianship, stretched out arrangements that smash pop pretense, or just plain old artistic reach -- should seek out Revolucion 13, an indisputable triumph.

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