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All that duende,
This review is from: Bari (Audio CD)
OK, maybe it's a farfetched simile, but somehow Bari sounds like an elaborate musical version of a Barcelona graffiti mural. It gives you that same feel of the gritty glamour of Las Ramblas, mixing what to my Nordic ears sounds like straightforward flamenco with hip hop and dub. The result brims with the lust for life that made fellow Barcelones Mano Chao's Ultima Ola such a sleeper hit, though the influences here are less eclectic.
Lead singer Marilla's endearing flamenco croak tells stories of the alegria and malegria of life over the sort of sweaty, spontaneous beats that are best appreciated live. "When you're feeling lost, then listen to a rumba and dance, dance, dance", she sings on the dynamite Ventilador R-80 (or at least I think she does) for instance. It's advice Bari makes you want to head. Suddenly you've got ants in your pants and want to go out dancing till dawn instead of sitting at home moping to your Radiohead CDs.
Other standout tracks are the opener Tiempo De Soleá, where the drama mounts joyously to its conclusion, and the riotous Quien Engaña No Gana with its stiletto-sharp handclaps.