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Si Se

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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B00005JSIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slip Away
2. The Rain (Where I Do Begin?)
3. My Sol
4. Bizcocho Amargo
5. Steppin' Out
6. Burbuja
7. Aire
8. Beyond Outside (Remix)
9. Dolemite
10. Cuando
11. Sonrisa
12. I Want You To...
13. Lullaby

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Si Se comprises New York songstress/underground scenestress Carol C and Brooklyn b-boy producer/DJ UF Low. Their debut album Si Se, co-produced by Michael Mangini (Digable Planets), aims to merge together downtempo beats with Latinesque grooves and song structures. Not the most original idea in the world, but the resultant sound is surprisingly fresh. The production, though made on an MPC 3000 by Low, is sparse, uncluttered and designed more for home listening than for the dancefloor. The moods on the album lie somewhere between the cold isolation of Bristol bands like Massive Attack and the warmer melodics of bands like Air and Zero 7. Carol C is the band's biggest bonus; switching between Spanish and English with ease, she adds plenty of mood to the music with her softly floating vocals and interesting lyrics. Song-wise there's a cover of the Oran Juice Jones track "The Rain", plenty of gently swaying downtempo tracks and the odd excursion into more upbeat, drum & bass territory. Although this album veers dangerously close to post-drum & bass anonymity at times, it has enough bright moments to appeal to anyone who likes chilled music general--and especially those who like a Latin twist. --Paul Sullivan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first heard thisalbum in a pub. They'd received it as a sampler from a record company. I immediately enquired who the artist was and bought it.
Nice melodies, superb vocals and great percussion/bass backbeats make this a good album to chill to, or have as background music.
If you like artists like Natacha Atlas, Dido, Air, Massive Attack, then you'll be bound to like this.
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By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
This animal however is exactly what the description on the label says and therefore is more suited for headphones to get every ounce out of the performance. I now use it for driving music and background while programming.
"Carol C is like a modern-day Elysian goddess, wooing and wailing over atmospheric electronic vibes and a slamming, funk-driven Live band" - CMU
I ended up with this because it was on the "Now playing" rack as I was passing through the store. I usually prefer real music foreign or domestic. Yet even tough this is more experimental in nature, it mimics several other types of music, and I found the combination irresistible. There was no way I was just going to impulsive buy it and made them play the whole album to be sure that there was not some sort of ringer in there that did not match the feel of the other pieces.
The timing is just off enough that if you do not know Spanish that well, the only song that is slow enough to understand is 10. "Cuando".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very nice and smooth... 16 July 2001
By Manny Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Si-Se has a unique sound that fuses elements similar to Basia and Everything But The Girl, but with some a Latin feel. Carol C reminds of a Venezuelan singer, and even of Gloria Estefan at times, but her sweet voice of Dominican ascent comes from New York. She and U.F. Low put the band together in 1999 under the musical patronage of ex-Talking Heads David Byrne, and signed a record deal with his label, Luaka Bop (the same that has Los Amigos Invisibles, among others, under its roster).

Good music, very easy to listen to and almost bewitching. All songs are a mix of styles. Some songs (like "Sonrisa") contain a certain middle eastern influence. The overall feel of the album is that of a blend between outright electronica with Latin sounds. In a nutshell, highly recommendable.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Yes 30 Aug. 2001
By R. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this after hearing the song "Dolemite" a couple of times, once on the KCRW show Sounds Eclectic, and once in a book store. It's an interesting tune, kind of a mix of three musical ideas that keep changing places -- one funky, one croony, one poppy.
When I bought the record I was kind of let down at first; the other songs just didn't make the same impression. But the more I've listened to this record, the more I've liked it, and suddenly I realized that it's become one of my favorites of the year.
Si Sé seems to be going for a kind of post-pop, cosmopolitan aesthetic (some songs are in English, others in Spanish), with electronic/programming elements, occasionally Latin rhythms, danceable tempos, and quieter, R&B-ish melodies (plus very pretty viola work by Jeannie Oliver). Sometimes songs follow each other and sound like they're from different bands; maybe the strongest binding element is the voice of singer, Carol C., who has a clear, strong delivery that's close to a classic pop-diva style (Sade, maybe?).This isn't a bad thing.
What comes out on repeated listens are the strength of the hooks: These are good melodic songs, making the unusual instrumentation a bonus instead of a crutch. "Cuando" and "Bizcocho Amargo" are standouts, and so is a reinterpretation of the Oran "Juice" Jones song "The Rain." Plus, the band does pull off an excellent live set, proving that it can execute outside the studio, and helping convince that this is band to watch. Highly original, highly adventurous, highly entertaining. I don't see them getting a lot of radio play in the near future, but I suspect that's really another argument in the band's favor.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Still on heavy rotation 18 April 2002
By Miss Jujubee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I found Si*Se by pure accident. I went to see another artist and they were the opening band. They blew me away and I went to get their CD immediately after the show ended. I've been listening to it at least a couple of times a week since then, and it's been at least 8 months. All of their songs are fantastic, from the belt it out anthem "Cuando" to the bittersweet "Sonrisa" and the always fresh "The Rain (Where Do I Begin)". Needless to say I highly recommend this CD. To say that they rock is an understatement, they also groove, jazz and chill all with a smooth latin flavor. Ending it all with a sweet lullaby (that I happen to remember from my childhood) makes it the best CD to listen to before falling asleep.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
New York's Quintessential Band 11 Nov. 2003
By ba - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
New York has a huge melting pot of people, and there's a certain feeling in the air during a humid, sweaty summer. Si-Se captures that feeling perfectly in their music. I had the opportunity to see them open for David Byrne back in 2001, and I immediately bought this album. It has consistantly been one of my favorite albums, and the blend of trip-hop, latin music, and pop is incomparable to any other band playing today. They are as unique to latin music as tool is to heavy metal, or aphex twin is to electronica. Si-Se is a genre unto itself.
Si-Se live is another beast altogether. In the past year I have seen them no less than 6 times, which is only about half of the times they've played. They play New York at least once a month, and tour various other states at least once a year. If they come to your town, SEE THEM. It's a show that will revitalize your hope in music for the 21st century.
I'm happy to see that they have maintained their rabid fan base in the 2 years since I first saw them, and while I hear there are some label problems delaying their second release, I will wait patiently, because I know I won't be let down.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Si*Se is Another Musical Best Kept Secret 28 July 2001
By "swwightman" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just received Si*Se last night, and already, I'm hooked. Their alterna-latin sound mixed with scratches, hip-hop beats, and interesting instrumental choices result in a highly polished album, full of diversity. Carol C., the lead singer, has a voice that has a floaty, dreamlike quality to it, which works well with their brassy trip-hop beats, their sassy Latin rhythms, and their beautiful, seductive ballads. Compared to everything mainstream on the radio, Si*Se feels fresh and different, lyrically, vocally and musically.
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