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on 5 March 2002
This album is mindboggling in its scope...I played it at work a few times last week and customers were asking me if it was Cypress Hill, Cuban, Ozomatli...I can't recommend this highly enough to anyone with the slightest interest in what's currently happening with music in the Latin world. David Byrne, thankyou!!!
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on 12 March 2002
If you pick up any Mexican compilation in a UK shop you will find it is utter rubbish. This is a real shame because, with Cafe Tacuba, Maldita Vecindad, Los de Abajo, El Gran Silencio and Plastillina Mosh, Mexico produces some superb rock. The country's music is sadly under-rated and, at least in the UK, not well represented. This latest offering from Los de Abajo offers a range of styles (Salsa, Polka, Rap, Son Jorocha, etc). These traditional styles have been up-dated with a welcome input of energy (although the cliche, ever present on Mexican albums, about punk energy is becoming a bit worn). The CD is on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label which should already be enough to give it the benefit of the doubt. The album sets out to celebrate Mexico city and includes various street sound samples. It is also very political containing numerous attacks on the corruption of the Mexican government and offering support for the country's indigeneous Indian population. The beautiful sleeve contains English translations of the lyrics (though sadly not the Spanish originals) and a short piece introducing the band and their songs.
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