Exposé Online banner

Itoiz — Alkolea
(Elkar KD-51, 1982/1994, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-07-01

Alkolea Cover art

As you may recall, the first self-titled Itoiz album was more of a progressive rocker, while the second Ezekiel could best be described as a rich blend of electric folk. On their third album Alkolea, they seem to have succeeded in covering both bases some new territory as well. They remain a seven-piece, with acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keys, drums, sax, mandolin, and vocals. The album opener, "Beheko Plaza," could have fit nicely on the second album, an electrified folk tune with a stylish sax solo, while the eight and-a-half minute follow up, "Hire Bideak," pulls out a more progressive rock style, reminiscent of the first album, with fiery guitar solos everywhere, and a higher profile for electric piano. Most of the album's other tracks fall somewhere between these first two. Bring on the mandolins for "Ixilik Egon Hadi...Ixilik!" — a happy and festive folk tune with a catchy melody, perhaps intended for single release, although the Bee-Gees style harmonies might annoy some. "Marilyn: Sagardotegia eta Jazzmana" is a definite exception, a kind of commercial sounding jazz-pop song that does little to support the balance of the music here. In summary, though, this album is definitely complimentary to its predecessors, and should be a good bet for those looking for tasty electric folk rock — this one turns out to be a real treat.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 7, 1994 releases, 1982 recordings

Related artist(s): Itoiz

Latest news

2019-12-11
There's No Time Like the Present – The Belgian band Present has been one of the best avant-rock bands in the world since its formation in 1979. Over the years since then, Present has released nine amazing albums, and now they're ready to start work on number ten. They're looking for some financial help from their fans around the world. » Read more

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Coco Roussel - Reaching Beyond – Roussel may be best known as the drummer for Happy the Man in their final phase, and the work he did with Kit Watkins on some of his first solo projects. This is his first album since Kit & Coco's...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues