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This is technically the sixth album from the eight piece collective (their name translates into English as 'wizard's eyes') - although like two before it's a reworked version of a previous album.
So what do you get for your money? Lots of flamenco guitar, some bongo drums and a sprinkling of piano. Marina's vocals are often brilliantly, mind-blowingly fast; like on track nine 'Todo Tiende'. Their hip-hop flamenco style boasts a very varied range - lyrics in Spanish, Greek and English, Indian vibes and a Romany album title (meaning 'free'). You can see why a previous reviewer labelled their sound 'an eclectically brilliant gipsy stew'.
The album benefits from being a concert recording - the set list was clearly designed to thrill a crowd. It opens with a bang ('Respira' or 'It Breathes') and closes with the epic 'Nana', though the highlight for many will be track three - an outstanding cover of Bob Marley's 'Get Up, Stand Up'. OdB have reworked it so that the original reggae essence benefits from a spicy helping of flamenco salsa.
Mind you, for such a flamenco-heavy album, there is a good degree of variety in the songs. Some, like 'Piedras Contra Tanques', zing with energy and frenzied pace. Conversely
'No Somos Maquinas' ('We Are Not Machines') has such a gorgeously lazy start it could almost be lounge music - albeit that of a very funky cocktail bar. And 'Todo Tiende' is the ultimate in sultry chill-out.
It's easy to see why the original album earned the band a Latin Grammy nomination. And with a DVD of the live performance included, there's not a lot to dislike. OdB's vibes are so far from Ricky Martin that even staunch Latin sceptics might find their feet unconsciously tapping out a flamenco on the floor. Porqué no escuchar? --Sophie Bruce
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