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on December 5, 2009
From the country of Argentina, Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota is one of the most popular bands there and for me one of the best. It is an excellent genre bridging type of band that seems to be influenced by 70's classic rock, late 60's psychedelia, and punk/post-punk/new-wave all at the same time. In 1989 "Bang Bang! Estas Liquidado" was released and it is their fourth studio album and it's my second favorite right behind 1991's "La Mosca y La Sopa" which I will always think it's the best work the band ever did. Even though it consists of only nine songs, all of them are strong. The line-up featured is the classic one with Carlos Indio Solari on vocals (who also writes the lyrics), Skay Beilinson on guitar, Semilla Bucciarelli on bass, Sergio Dawi on saxophone, and Walter Sidotti on drums.

The starting point is "Héroe Del Whisky", a fast-paced heavy funk rock number with a killer riff and rhythm guitar from Beilinson, notable bass lines from Bucciarelli, and the steady drumming of Sidotti. A great LP introduction with notable playing from all members but I'll go ahead and say that this tune actually sounds better live on the album "En Directo". Next comes "Rock Para Los Dientes" with lyrics that appear to talk about drugs and musically, it shows guitarist Beilinson's interest in reggae/dub styled rhythms. The outro bridge features cool sax from Dawi. Track number three is a winner for me: "La Parabellum Del Buen Psicópata". This is the longest song on the LP clocking at nearly six minutes with Solari's voice in great form and the intro mixolydian riff is awesome! It's played in the key of D and it has a psychedelic late 60's feel to it. Great chord progression on the verse: D, C, B, Bb - somewhat similar in feel to Cream's "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" supporting the idea that it has that late 60's rock vibe. The chorus is also cool and I like that four single note ascending figure Bb-C-D-E. In the middle there's a cool mixolydian solo that has an anthemic feel to it which I consider to be one of Beilinson's best clearly showing his signature style inspired by the music from India; Great raga-rock solo! Dawi's saxophone comes to the fore near the end making for a satisfactory coda.

Afterwards comes "Un Pac-man En El Savoy" where the band brings forward a somewhat blues-rock type of sound. The main minor key guitar/sax melody repeated throughout is catchy and for me the song has a Deep Purple-ish vibe mostly because of that combination of blues-rock groove with a minor key based melody. However, the presence of the saxophone instead of the expected Hammond organ adds a unique touch making it sound different from that group.
An interesting change of musical direction happens on the straightforward rock of "Nadie Es Perfecto" and the blues rock tune "Maldición Va A Ser Un Día Hermoso". The former is the album's shortest song at about 2:22 and I like how the arrangement takes the song's main chords to a higher key during the saxophone solo. This is a songwriting trick that some punk/new wave bands used during the late 70's era. This proves how diverse this band is, in this case, mixing classic rock with punk/new wave to great effect! The latter has cool saxophone from Dawi but there's no guitar solo from Beilinson. I wish it was longer! Both of these songs bring forward a classic rock sound that recalls the early style of Aerosmith!
Anyway now it's on to song number six: Esa Estrella Era Mi Lujo" which is a haunting folk-rock type of thing with a touch of surf-rock in the lead guitar melodies that brings to mind the type of mood found on the band's 1986 sophomore album "Oktubre" and definitely one of their most underrated songs. The lead guitar is excellent!
The mood shifts radically in "Ropa Sucia", a mid-tempo heavy metal number with killer rhythm guitar and a somewhat dark atmosphere. The sax on the chorus adds a nice touch. One of the best, but wait, the last song "Nuestro Amo Juega Al Esclavo" is a masterpiece too! It starts with a bagpipe music inspired intro complete with a military drum roll from drummer Sidotti. Guitarist Beilinson brings back the raga-rock with the mixolydian phrasings here too and Solari's vocals make the composition stand out as a memorable exit.

To sum up, this is one of Patricio Rey's best CDs so if you would like to check them out, "Bang! Bang!..." is a good place to start you collection.
Thanks for taking the time to read!
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on January 17, 2005
Una de las bandas mas grandes de la historia del Rock,la mas grande de Argentina junto a Sumo,te ametralla con el Bang Bang! hasta que tus ojos de huevo duro paren de brillar.Empieza al palo y termina al palo, te hace hundir la nariz en un plato y te deja masticandote el labio como un Pac-Man.Muestran sentimiento y huevos,y como siempre, no se casan con nadie.

Demas esta decir que todas las canciones son himnos,y que provocan un sentir de estadio en donde suenen (todo el mundo las canta a los gritos).

Caretas abstenerse.
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