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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another corker from the world's best live band, 16 July 2004
This review is from: Street Signs (Audio CD)
Having seen Ozomatli live three times at a variety of venues it is fair to say that they are the best live band in the world. Through recorded music, it may be a struggle to get across the energy, enthusiasm and sheer talent that this group of people possess. The pure mix of music genres and instruments used defies belief, it should really sound like a mish-mash of noise in a attempt to be different.
The result however is a finely crafted musical experience. Each song is so unique, drawing on each forte on the band be it rapping, spanish guitar, congos or brass.
This CD deserves a place in everyone's music collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The genre blender has created another delicious smoothie, 25 Aug 2004
This review is from: Street Signs (Audio CD)
One of the most amazing facts about this band isn't that they manage to blend Angeleno Hip-Hop, Latin Rock, Barrio Funk, Jazz and Middle Eastern influences but that they are from LA. It really doesn't show except maybe for on the track "Who's to blame?" where former member 'Chali 2na' returns for an extremely pertinent rap.
The album flows seemlessly from track to track through seemingly limitless amount of genres and musical influences. With some tracks in English, some not and some both this is certainly a diverse album vocally and that doesn't even include their serious, political and important content.
"Believe" is ridden with Middle Eastern influences and leaps both feet first into a stunning rap and pulls it off perfectly while "Love" is as beutiful as it is uplifting. Those who enjoy other more varied hip hop such as Black Eyed Peas and The Roots will enjoy "Saturday Night"s take no prisoners attitude and funky beats and those who know and love Manu Chao will love the Mediterranean style party starter that is "Dejame En Paz".
Whichever way you look at this album all you can do is enjoy it and wonder why other bands arn't this good.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A world of music, 5 July 2004
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This review is from: Street Signs (Audio CD)
I think it was Time Out magazine which described Ozomatli as the best live act in the world. Having never seen them I can't vouch for that (although they manage to get the quote on every poster and advert, but who can blame them.) Having said that, there is a taste of what they are like live on this CD, as the last track is a live version of the first track - 'Believe'.
The track 'Believe' has a very Arabic feel to it, which is unusual enough for an American band, but Ozomatli do like to mix up their genres so the parts which would normally be played by the violin on a real Arabic song are played on a distorted electric guitar, and there is a rap break in the middle. The second track is in a similar style but has a Santana-type feel to it. (Ozomatli did play some concerts with Santana, and collaborated on an album track)
Track 3, Street Signs, is a Latin hip-hop track and track 4, 'Who discovered America' is more of a straight Latin/Santana song.
Track 5, 'Who's To Blame', is based on the Egyptian Rhythm which most dancehall reggae artists like Elephant Man and Sean Paul have used, and then track 6 is more traditional Latin music.
Track 7, 'Saturday Night' has an old school rap vibe to it and track 8, 'dejame en paz', is a real fiesta of percussion-heavy samba, which sounds like it would be fantastic live. Track 8 slows it down again with another Latin song, 'Santiago'.
Santiago segues into a remix of 'Ya vien el sol' which is like latin reggae - the rhythm is very reminiscent of Murder She Wrote by Chaka Demus & Pliers, but of course there is a twist with typical South American drumming and plenty of scratching.
Track 11 is a short piano piece leading into a very straightforward, and old-fashioned sounding bit of big band Latino music, which leads straight into the very Cuban-flavoured Cuando Canto. (Note - at this point the track list gets confusing because two tracks listed on the sleeve play as one track).
Finally there are two bonus tracks: the first is Como me Duele, which has some really catchy horn riffs in it, and the other is the live version of Believe.
So if you are looking for a latin, hip-hop, rock album with some Arabian and reggae sounds mixed into it you need look no further than Ozomatli's Street Signs.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb third album from the 'best live act in the world'!, 10 Dec 2004
This review is from: Street Signs (Audio CD)
As eluded to by most other reviewers (and every bit of Ozomatli marketing) time out magazine described Ozomatli as the best live act in the world. Having seen them live 5 times, i can say this is firmly true. In fact I don't think any other band comes even remotly close, the crowd interaction, atmosphere and vibe are all unbeleivable.
Considering this, any cd is never going to do Ozomatli justice, and sometimes its hard to see past this. However Street Signs is a superb album in itself, a unique blend of styles and excellent production make this cd a joy from start to finish. A mixture of high octane, emotional, political and downright party music. Great fun to sit and listen to but to do it justice you just gotta get off your ass and dance!!!!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An superb third album from the 'best live act in the world'!, 10 Dec 2004
This review is from: Street Signs (Audio CD)
As eluded to by most other reviewers (and every bit of Ozomatli marketing) time out magazine described Ozomatli as the best live act in the world. Having seen them live 5 times, i can say this is firmly true. In fact I don't think any other band comes even remotly close, the crowd interaction, atmosphere and vibe are all unbeleivable.
Considering this, any cd is never going to do Ozomatli justice, and sometimes its hard to see past this. However Street Signs is a superb album in itself, a unique blend of styles and excellent production make this cd a joy from start to finish. A mixture of high octane, emotional, political and downright party music. Great fun to sit and listen to but to do it justice you just gotta get off your ass and dance!!!!!
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