4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2013
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.
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2011
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.