You couldn't possibly resist that custom rape van fantasy art cover, and then you see the text declaring this to be some sort of "Rock Opera," and right about now you are hoping that it is indeed a Mexican rock opera about a Tarzan-like character named Kuman, with music composed and performed by the premier Mexico City AOR/Heavy Metal/Prog band, Cristal y Acero (Crystal and Steel for our readers that failed Spanish 1.) Well, buddy, it is just that, and it is every bit as awesome as you had hoped. Cristal y Acero was the concern of the Carrion brothers, Ricardo and Eduardo JR., who happen to be the sons of Eduardo Carrion, a member of the immensely popular group Los Hermanos Carrion, the Mexican Everly Brothers. Maybe having a famous padre helped, but Kuman actually came to fruition as play, and enjoyed great success in 1984. Don't believe me? Check out this YouTube clip, it's like that episode of Get A Life when Chris stars in Zoo Animals on Wheels. Now as unappealing as that clip makes Kuman seem, I gotta say, this album has given me much pleasure, and not all of it ironic. Like any rock opera worth a glance, it's a grandiose, inflated work that melds a myriad of styles with little restraint or care for good taste, and I love it. The experience isn't even hampered by the fact that I failed Spanish 1, all the glory of Kuman's epic adventures are evident anyways.