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La Increible Aventura
Acuarela Discos

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
La Increible Aventura is a post-rock album that shouldn't offend anyone, and I mean that in the best possible way. It's not an inoffensive record because it's timid or submissive or nondescript or even safe. No, it's inoffensive because it's so temperate (and no, that's not a backhanded complement either). The band never veers too far in one direction or the other, and by keeping such a steady hand, they avoid the overindulgence and general art school buffoonery that's come to be associated with mostly-instrumental rock music.

I'm also not saying that Migala don't try, and succeed, with a number of indie rock tropes. They actually demonstrate more breadth than the vast majority of their peers. Godspeed-like swells march right alongside bellowing space rock riffs, folky textures emerge in the album's quieter moments, and they even tip their hats to krautrock's repetitive phrasing on a couple of tracks, but all of these things are done in moderation. Migala never get too noodly, too abrasive, too nonsensical, too mom-friendly, too technical, too retro, too naively cinematic, or too much of anything else that post-rock bands so often are too much of. And that, of course, is a good thing.

The only problem that offsets Migala's even-keeled aesthetic is that the record occasionally lapses and becomes a tad forgettable. Plenty of fantastic songs emerge on the first listen - maximalist pop soundscapes "Your Star, Strangled" and "El Gran Miercoles" come to mind, as does the closing freakout, "Lecciones de Vuelo con Mathias Rust" - but other tracks fail to distinguish themselves from anything that Kinski, Mono, Tristeza, Anathallo or any other melodic post-rock act are doing.

So, La Increible Aventura - it's a nice place to visit, and you'll find yourself wanting to visit again and again, most likely. It'll just never become your favorite place to visit. Bear that fact in mind going into it, but don't let that stop you from visiting in the first place.

Reviewed by Phillip Buchan
A one-time music director at WUOG in Athens, Phillip is into college radio, literature, writing, buying records, going to shows, talking to friends, learning -- pretty much the same stuff that all of us priveledged, (pseudo?)intellectual Americans are into.

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