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  • Vinyl (22 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2 COOP
  • ASIN: B0057FWSXA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Love You
2. Hits Me like A Rock featuring Bobby Gillespie
3. City Girl
4. Echo Of Love
5. You Could Have It All
6. La Liberación
7. Partners In Crime
8. Ruby Eyes
9. Rhythm To The Rebels
10. Red Alert featuring Ratatat
11. Fuck Everything

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BBC Review

São Paulo's CSS are back after a three-year break with La Liberación, a third album which attempts to address the criticisms faced by their previous two. Their self-titled debut - released back in 2006 - was firmly positioned as a posturing throwaway, all sweary and light; 2008's newly-sober but somewhat weary Donkey, though, stripped CSS of their fun and outsider-ness. Here, the five-piece reclaim their sense of enjoyment and attempt to broaden their sound - but the sprawling experimentation of La Liberación isn't quite the best recovery strategy.

The 11-track set sees front-girl Lovefoxxx return to a brighter stomping ground, leading an overly eccentric CSS through the suburbs and out into the city. If this sounds familiar, it's because it's the premise their music's always been centred on; but here it attempts to push further forward, into a vulnerable mix that's more mature than their minor 2006 hit Alala and similar tracks' alternating mix of fragmented words and musical shards.

Lyrically, the sentiments throughout La Liberación come over as little better than inexperienced teenage emoting. The sincerity of break-up song You Could Have It All wilts into blandness, while the eccentric character in City Girl feels so over-trodden that they're contrite. Ideas run dry right at the beginning, with I Love You rather too Bridget Jones for its own good, and later on Ruby Eyes is an ode to spliffs not nearly interesting enough to merit its creation.

CSS's attempt at stretching their sound deserves some praise, but their success is limited. An unsuspecting venture into jaunty reggae, Hits Me Like a Rock - an unlikely duet with Bobby Gillespie - is a summery treat, all nimble and light. Echo of Love sounds like XTC doing the conga, while the title-track's flighty two minutes sit in welcome contrast to its heft - "La Liberación" translates as "the women's liberation movement". On a less positive note, Partners in Crime sounds messy, and the effortless grunge of Rhythm to the Rebels fails to engage.

The experimentation here feels too concerned with that popular idiom of creating something for everyone, and the album as a whole suffers for its restlessness. La Liberación is so fixated on exhibiting its sense of fun that it forgets how to finish ideas in the process. And despite the vigour and intensity that CSS have aimed for, it's hard to see their dancey bungle coming anywhere close to the efforts of Sleigh Bells, Marina Gasolina and New Young Pony Club.

--Natalie Shaw

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug 2011
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CSS (Cansei de Sei Sexy) are a Brazilian ensemble and 'La Liberacion'
is their third album and it's a cracker! (2006's 'CSS' and 2008's 'Donkey'
are well worth becoming familiar with too). That it should appear so late
in the Summer is a bit of a shame because this truly is sunshine music and
could easily have slipped into this year's seaside soundtrack but better late
than never. There's always room for a little extra sunshine in the world.

There are eleven tracks in the set and although, truth-be-told, it's
pretty undemanding stuff the tunes are strong and the beats are hot
and in Lovefoxx (really!) they have an energetic and feisty front-woman.
The electro-pop formula is dance-friendly and the foursquare arrangements,
with occasional brass interventions, glisten and glide amicably and (moreover)
it's fun. For my money it is their most confident and enjoyable realease so-far.

The mood is unremittingly upbeat; you could put it on at a party and keep the
room bouncing nicely all night. The spirit of Tom Tom Club (rest in peace) is
alive and well on 'Hits Me Like A Rock' and 'Red Alert' and nothing wrong with
that. Opening track 'I Love You' has a nice rocky edge - a real stomper and
'Echo Of Love' allows itself a little more light and shade and sports
Ms Lovefoxx's most spirited vocal performance. The biggest surprise comes
with 'Partners In Crime' which is blessed with the presence of legendary
American pianist Mike Garson (think Mr Bowie's 'Alladin Sane'). His typically
jagged solo adds gravitas and excitement to one of the album's finest songs.

All-in-all 'La Liberacion' is a credible and creditable recording which will
doubtless and deservedly bring CSS's music to the attention of a wider audience.

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I would definitely recommend buying, all the songs are really good - one of the best albums of 2011. CSS's sound has really nicely evolved in the past years.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By francois prin on 3 July 2013
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Loved the 1st LP so much and followed their career with interest but I must say it has been a disapointment, the second one was just ok and now this one in not interesting. I wish so much it could be the opposite. Maybe the new one in preparation will be a good surprise, I hope so.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tony Rome II on 15 Sep 2011
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What headache? Exactly. Returning from form the end of the second album in between today have made this album worth a listen. dodgy editing is missing and no sound of the aforementioned filling-space. It's about time. There is nothing like the sound of a band throwing off both encouragement and criticism, and repeated listens warrant an open ear to be held closely to the speakers unless something is missed. Missing in action? Not on your chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Even catchier than the first 11 Sep 2011
By C. V. Tharp - Published on
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This is the most listenable album I've purchased in quite a while. It was easy to fall in love with CSS with their first album, but I would say it was a little uneven and hard not to skip certain tracks after a while. I can only listen to two songs off their second album with any regularity. This one, however, I keep listening to in its entirety. There are two tracks that don't hook me like the others, but that's all. I'm a little scared I'm going to listen to it way too much and get sick of it, but it hasn't happened yet. In any case, I can wholeheartedly recommend this album if you want some fun music that doesn't take itself too seriously. Be prepared to have many of its moments stuck in your head.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Third Album 26 Aug 2011
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After dealing with the mess from the management in the success of their first album, CSS followed up with a emotionally charged and sometimes angry second album Donkey. This album La Liberacion, is CSS in a liberating moment where they find their stride apart from forces that keep their creativity in boxes. This is an exciting album with a variety of songs - some are immediately catchy, some are worth a listen any time, and some just wash over as you keep listening. This fun album is a must buy for any CSS fan, and a good album to play if you want to hear some great music that is not part of the mainstream. Right now my favorite songs are the first three on the album... I'm sure as I keep listening that will shift around - can't wait to keep listening to this one.
Fabulous!!! 31 Oct 2013
By Andre A Alers - Published on
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This album is a 'must have' for all CSS fans! There isn't a bad song on this album. I bough the CD and the mp3. It's that good!
Not bad! 22 Aug 2013
By Adrian - Published on
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It's not CSS or Donkey, but it's pretty good! This is the last album Adriano worked on them with. They owe him a huge credit. You'll see what I mean if you give Planta a listen. He left before that album.
By daftchild89 - Published on
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First of all let me just say the girls in this band are strangely attractive. Lol. Anyways back to the album...its very enjoyable. I,ve had "hits me like a rock" in my head for about a month now. Lol. I like how diverse this album is. Its pop then rock then electronic. Theres even a pop punk song sung in spanish that reminds me of that honda civic commercial with the ninja lol my favorite tunes on this album are "hits me like a rock", "you can have it all", "red alert". They are great pop songs that are catchy just like " lets make love and listen to death from above" & "move" from their previous albums. Worth the money fo sho.
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