This is a mixed album. It is shorter than Tarifa's other two offerings (not counting the live album Fiebre), and it was my introduction to RT as a band after I heard "Cancion Sephardi" on a compilation album. "Cancion Sephardi", while the most haunting and exotic track (on an album from an exotic band), is not the most representative of Tarifa's style; "La Tarara" and "El Mandil de Carolina" are more their usual fare, and are just the sort of thing you'd expect from these Spanish troubadours. Sadly the rest of the tracks are only so-so. More energy should have been put into making Temporal as vibrant as "Tarara" and "Carolina" suggest it could have been. Many of the tracks sound like the band is just going through the motions. And why the percussion only on "Baile de Almut"? It's incredibly boring to listen to all the way through, and hardly likely to win many fans or casual listeners only. Thankfully CDs allow you to skip the bits on records you don't like. I like the little snippets of Spanish radio that the band introduce at various points on the album. It gave me the same idea while making compilation tapes for my own use, when I found that I could pick up snatches of foreign radio stations on my own stereo. It gives you an ambience and a completeness not normally found on these sorts of world music albums - it is not merely entertainment from elsewhere, but bringing Tarifa's blend of Spanish-Moroccan erudition into your earphones. A good effort, but buy "Rumba Argelina" and "Cruzando El Rio" first.
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