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Well, thats the hype which may make a few curious people look them up on Amazon and get this far, but is the music going to satisfy? You may already have heard about the blend of traditional flamenco and hip hip, and anyone who has heard Manu Chao will know how well that can work, but for me the most important mixture is that of technical skill and energy. In this respect Ojos de Brujo are again similar to Manu Chao, in that the skill transfers better to a studio album than the energy does.
Anyone who has seen this band live might be a little disappointed that it is not as 'sweaty' as they remember - but that is OK: there are bands who show their real selves in the studio and other bands who shine most on stage. That is not to say that this is a bad record, in fact it is a magnificent record, showing that you do not need to crank up a stck of marshalls to make a guitar really work, and you do not need to understand a lyric to be hypnotised by it.
Like a lot of modern Mediterranean music, the influences of North African rhythms are noticeable, maybe this was always the case, but I only notice it now that both African and European music are easier to find in Britain?
Anyway, it does look like there is now a lot more reason to visit Barcelona these days: by all means marvel at the Gaudi architecture and take the tour of the Nou Camp, but spend the evenings looking for the clubs where music like this is being conjured up. And in the meantime have a listen to this CD and the two Manu Chao ones which are available together as a reasonably-priced set.
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.
Seriously good twin guitar work, a subtley brilliant bass man, fluid funky drums and percussion, and the lead lady's voice, that, like the album, work it's way into your conscienceness till you find yourself (trying to) sing along and pre-empting those oh-so-tight rhythmic stabs...
Best moment (at present time) is track no.7 'Ley de Gravedad' (?), a gorgeous piece that is just perfect in it's musical genius shines through in simplicity (think Dave Matthews Band's 'let you down'), in a way that very few bands seem to be able to do...
Even the odd fella doing the rolf harris impression doesn't serve to tarnish this wonderful recording.
This is what this country needs, a bit of life in it's music, even if we can't do it ourselves...
Ojos de Brujo (trasnlates as Wizzard's eyes) made my lazy quest simple ... and beautiful. Mixing their main Flamenco ingredient with fantastic bass playing, scratch, hip hop, punk rock energy, electornics, topped up with the totally impeccable voice of their female singer and you have a totally winning album.
Make no mistake this is NOT watered-down flamenco, nor is it straight-up Flamenco. For a musically aware generation of music lovers this is the perfect fusion - in a sin frontera world with just the right amount of local roots melded with global beats.
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Heard these guys at a friends house and was hooked. Utterly sublime....will be getting more of their work very soonPublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by John Boy
hip-hop and flamenco what??? Ojos De Brujo MADE THEIR OWN MOULD with this album let the songs 'tiempo de solea' 'quien engana no gana'and the heart stopping 'ley de gravedad' pull... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2011 by fire wasp
this is so so good, very close to genius! hip hop flamenkillo.. nothing like it here in east coast of scotland, but so so accessable...! the beats are incredible. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2006 by chupa
What a joy to buy some new music by a band you don't know much about only to discover you now own one of the best albums in your collection. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2005
was gonna rate this album 3/5 rather than 4/5 since i tend to be very choosy with what i consider a a very good album, a 5/5 can rarely b awarded nowadays. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2004
Just brilliant. Saw them at WOMAD 2003 and had one of the most exciting and sublime experiences of my musical life. Wonderful energy. Fantastic use of instrument and voice. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2004 by R. Douglas
Fantastic album, with a really great blend of classic flamenco and spanish guitar traditions, mixed in with all sorts of other genres. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2003