[6 April 2011]
I’m grateful for these ‘60s and ‘70s re-releases from Shadoks, because it moves me to see an old thing loved and rescued from obscurity—one day we’ll die too. It’s a fact, though, that not all of them are great, some are uneven and some are curios. Embrujo, however, is pitch-perfect, late-‘60s-sounding pop rock with the right amount of everything—flower power, drums, bravado, singing, folk influence, Amerindian flute. It’s not too hard, not too soft, but, like baby bear’s porridge, just right, an album with a beautiful and natural flow. It would be a fine thing to have more of this, but the band was Chilean and its career came to grief in the 1970s as the country’s political landscape curdled. This self-titled second album was released in 1971. The first album, Los Pajeros, came out a year earlier, while the band was still going by its original name, Kissing Spell.