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Baula Project by Federico Miranda

Here’s one whose bio states that there are hints of rock present in this CD. Hints of rock?? The CD bleeds rock.... copiously! Now, having created that graphic imagery, let me say that this is a well-done, well-conceived CD. Miranda, out of Costa Rica, is definitely a skilled guitarist.

Tunes of note: Let’s start with track 2, Sobre el Agua, a slow, soulful, melodic piece, somewhat reminiscent of the sweet and bluesy guitar caresses of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. I like this one a lot! Track 3, Escape, is Costa Rica with attitude! This cut has that tell-tale, moderate tempo rocker feel with soaring, searing riffs, thick, growling distortion, and a nasty, funky beat. Another in my plus column. Track 4, Noreste, is a smooth, rather mellow, flute piece that--wait! Here comes that searing guitar with the fat, distorted chords again! Actually, this is a cleverly coordinated piece, combining salt and sugar, if you will, in reasonable doses. Miranda has a couple of pieces like this. Another would be track 7, Caminos de Tierra. For something a little more subtle and relaxingly reflective, try track 9, Primer Dia. Shh.... you wouldn’t want to miss the soft, marvelous touch here.

Thus it goes with Senor Miranda. Hot licks, great technique, and grabbing hooks.... all in a primarily rock setting. Hints of rock?? Smooth jazz? I think not. This guy makes Craig Chaquico look like a classical guitarist. However, if you’re looking for good, solid rock guitar work with a hint of world music, this just could work for you. Rock on, Federico!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Federico Miranda
  • CD Title: Baula Project
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Baula
  • Tracks: Subir al Sol, Sobre el Agua, Escape, Noreste, Regresion, Mejor No, Caminos de Tierra, El Nomada, Primer Dia, En Transito, En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor
  • Rating: Three Stars
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