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    1. Mi Sangre
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    Mi Sangre meets--and often exceeds--the glittering standards set by its predecessors. The album fuses the best elements of Juanes' previous works, Un Dia Normal and Fijate Bien, to create a collection that is exciting, energetic and thought-provoking. Lead-off single "Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor" ("I'm Worthless Without Your Love") is a bittersweet mix of alternately hopeful and sad lyrics ("That's why I want your love, always strong in my mind/Even if we are far, or even if we are near, in the end") that could be a simple declaration of amor or a love letter from a war-time soldier. Social issues are highlighted throughout Mi Sangre, which finds Juanes directly addressing Colombian warfare. "What's happening in the world today," he asks amid the passionate rock rhythms of "Que Pasa," "that in all the dailies I read the same news of horror, lives that fall without reason?" Mi Sangre is a compulsive listen, with surprises at every turn. Juanes gets flirty during "Damelo," which finds him sizing up a potential lover; and "Para Tu Amor" is a swoon-inducing pop ballad that glitters with optimism. Producer Gustavo Santaolalla knows his way around the alt-rock world, having worked with Maldita Vecindad, Café Tacuba, Molotov, and Julieta Venegas. He co-produced Jaunes' previous albums, and the pair's synergy is nothing short of exceptional. "Tu Guardian," the album closer, is a sweet lullaby that seems tailor-made for Jaunes' eight-month-old daughter, Luna. It's here that Juanes' electric display of blood, sweat, and tears proves why Mi Sangre is one of the year's best releases. --Joey Guerra ... Read more


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    It's thrilling--in any language--to hear new music from Colombian superstar Shakira. And it's been a long time coming. Shakira's English crossover opus, Laundry Service, was released in 2001. The Spanish Donde Estan Los Ladrones came three years before that. Fijacion Oral, Volumen 1 is the first of two new discs; an English counterpart is due in November. Shakira's bleating, biting voice is in fine form, and it gives the material an electric urgency. She's girlish and innocent during the glittering "Dia de Enero" and sensual and seductive amid the thundering beats of "Lo Imprescindible." A talented stable of producers, including former Soda Stereo vocalist Gustavo Cerati, has swathed Shakira in rhythm-based arrangements. But the album's best moments come when Shakira channels her inner--and innate--rock goddess. "La Tortura" is a hurts-so-good break-up duet with Alejandro Sanz, and "Escondite Ingles" rides a beach-party guitar groove. --Joey Guerra ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Primer On Marley
    "Legend" is a good starting point to get aquainted with the music of Bob Marley, but any compilation of Marley's work will not do justice to the scope of his amazing career. I even purchased the 4 CD retrospective and found it lacking. Each album that Bob Marley and the Wailers released during his career were really song cycles, and so any collection of Marley will not capture the immediacy and passion that of hearing them on each orginal album. Any collection of Marley are will be just that, a random out of context presentation of his music.

    "I Shot the Sheriff" comes from the "Burnin'" album and Bob is an angry young revolutionay, and each song on "Burnin'" reflects that. "Is This Love" is from the album "Kaya" where Marley celebrates the pleasures of the simple life and sensual love. The songs on "Uprising" and "Exodus" capture the internationalism of reggae music, as Bob Marley became the most celebrated musician in the entire world, he wrote songs about the world wide movement of "jah people." In order to "overstand" (as Rasta says) the man...Bob Marley, you must hear these songs side by side with the other songs in the original release. Each song on this compilation will become even more powerful when heard in that context. I still give this collection 5 stars because it has aquainted so many people with Bob Marley, who otherwise would have never heard him. The best way to hear Bob Marley is begin with "Catch A Fire" in which Marley is an angry youth from Trenchtown, and move chronologically through his career ending with "Uprising" his final album before his death. It is they only way to capture the amazing development and scope of Bob Marley's message and music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Classic tracks
    Whether you are a reggae fan or not, you've got to love the works of Bob Marley, the man is a genius. This is an excellent compilation, every track a classic. From the party classic 'Jamming' to the universal anthem 'One Love/People Get Ready', the gorgeous, beautiful acoustic 'Redemption Song' and the tender 'No Woman No Cry', this CD is loaded with brilliant songs. It is really worth owning, one of the greatest Greatest Hits. However, as always, some essential Marley tracks are missing: 'Sun Is Shining', 'Rainbow Country', 'Lively Up Yourself', 'Kaya' and 'Trenchtown Rock'. Of these 5, only 2 are actually included on the One Love CD, the other Marley greatest hits, so competition is stiff, especially as the version of 'Redemption Song' is far superior and 'Satisfy My Soul' is left off One Love altogether.

    Overall, this is a great Marley compilation to buy for any music fan at all, loaded with classics, but its worth buying other albums for several other tracks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Different shades of Bob
    This is a great record. Bob's body of work is extensive so obviously not everyone's favorites can be included and we must understand that. There are many that I would have added.

    Under some circumstances I would agree that it seems thrown together but in other respects that too is a representation of Bob. He was a lover and a fighter (activist) all at once. How can you possibly separate the two? If you dont have love, if you care for nothing, then what are you fighting for?

    Someone suggested that this CD (or maybe his music) was gloomy and bitter. It pains me to read this because this person does not know anything about reggae, Jamaica,our language or our culture. This CD is overflowing with love. Romantic love: I listen to the seemingly simplistic metaphors and they stir great emotions in me. There is great love for family for understanding that the family helps us through. There is love for life. Love for the struggle that we as Jamaicans, as humans must endure.

    Dont let this be your only Bob Marley experience, but if you're a novice its a good place to start.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Legend (New Packaging) [EXTRA TRACKS] [ORIGINAL RECORDING RE
    Bob Marley is a so so vocalist and his music is simplitic and not very advanced, However the biggest problem is that his politics somewhat destroy otherwise nice melodies. It is like one is listening to some bitter old man at times and this is not so fun since music should be fun and not to serious. Come one Mr Marley the world is not always that bleak and gloomy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My introduction to Bob
    Well, I've always known that Bob Marley was at one point and still is to a lot of people all over the world, a huge influential icon. His messages in his music touch us all because he talked about such deeply meaningful issues affecting all of humanity. The fact that it's reggae and has that unmistakable reggae sound, it became popular because it was so hard not to notice and appreciate it. Previously I had not known of any of his music being 25 and pretty much into R & B, and Hip Hop but wow, this CD really introduced me to him and made me a fan. I plan on purchasing more of his music. See, that's the best part of "Best Of" albums they can peak your interest and make you want the whole that the artists have to offer. ... Read more


    4. Getz/Gilberto
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    Originally released in March 1964, this collaboration between saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist João Gilberto came at seemingly the end of the bossa nova craze Getz himself had sparked in 1962 with Jazz Samba, his release with American guitarist Charlie Byrd. Jazz Samba remains the only jazz album to reach number one in the pop charts. In fact, the story goes that Getz had to push for the release of Getz/Gilberto since the company did not want to compete with its own hit; it was a good thing he did. Getz/Gilberto, which featured composer Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano, not only yielded the hit "Girl from Ipanema" (sung by Astrud Gilberto, the guitarist's wife, who had no professional experience) but also "Corcovado" ("Quiet Night")--an instant standard, and the definitive version of "Desafinado." Getz/Gilberto spent 96 weeks in the charts and won four Grammys. It remains one of those rare cases in popular music where commercial success matches artistic merit. Bossa nova's "cool" aesthetic--with its understated rhythms, rich harmonies, and slightly detached delivery--had been influenced, in part, by cool jazz. Gilberto in particular was a Stan Getz fan. Getz, with his lyricism, the bittersweet longing in his sound, and his restrained but strong swing, was the perfect fit. His lines, at once decisive and evanescent, focus the rest of the group's performance without overpowering. A classic. --Fernando Gonzalez ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tall and tan and young and lonely...
    The 1964 winner for Best Album was this mellow but spright cool jazz album that pushed Latin bossa nova and samba rhythms on the map. With a lineup that included Joao Gilberto on guitar and vocals, Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano, Tommy Williams on bass, Milton Banana on drums, and on the two most memorable songs, Joao's wife Astrud. However, the driving force behind this was tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, and his straight-tone, controlled-vibrato sound.

    The album starts appropriately enough with the Grammy winner for best song, "The Girl From Ipanema". This is the full 5:22 version that begins with Joao Gilberto singing in Portuguese. Then comes that soft voice and those familiar lyrics: "Tall and tan and young and lonely/The girl from Ipanema goes walking/And when she passes/Each one she passes goes haaa." Well, the thing that makes me go "haaa" here is Astrud Gilberto's voice. Getz's sax solo and Jobim's piano in the middle serves as a bridge between the two refrains. There is a 45 rpm version of this classic, the 2:46 single edit of just Astrud singing, included later. I must confess that I first heard a parody of this song, Bob River's "The Girl With Emphysema", and then sought hard to find out the original version, which led me to this album.

    "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)" is the other song featuring Astrud Gilberto. In the full 4:14 version, we have Joao doing Portuguese lyrics, as he did in the full version of "Ipanema." There is a dreamy quality about this song, particularly when Astrud sings "Quiet nights and quiet dreams/Quiet walks by quiet streams/And the window lookin' on the mountains and the sea how lovely." And Getz's sax really enhances that exoticness as does Jobim's piano. BTW, Corcovado is the name of a mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. There is a 2:21 45 rpm issue included here as well.

    As for the rest of the songs, Getz's rich saxophone provides the rich qualities that make this a winner, particularly his solo on "So Danso Samba" with its "vai vai vai vai vai" refrain by Joao Gilberto. The song title means "I Only Dance Samba", as opposed to calypso, the twist, and the cha-cha that were sweeping the country's dance floors in the 1960's. And Joao Gilberto's soft vocals complement the soft qualities of the other instrumentalists. Only complaint: Astrud should've been featured on more songs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
    This is such a terrific CD. It was a break trough in 1964 when it was released introducing Bossa Nova to world audiences. Every Grammy it received like best album and best song for The Girl From Ipanema was well deserved.

    It's hard to say which performance is more impressive. Would it be the marvelous Tom Jobim composition? Or the whispering Joao Gilberto's voice accompanying his wonderful guitar cords? Would it be the melodic Stan Getz sax solos. Or the soft almost childish Astrud Gilberto's voice? Probably the combination of all.

    Every track is special but my favorites are Corcovado and Doralice. Doralice has the most beautiful saxophone solo I ever heard however, for some strange reason, the song is almost unknown even in Brazil.

    Most of the lyrics are in Portuguese but The Girl From Ipanema and the beginning of Corcovado are sung in English by Astrud but this shouldn't be an obstacle for the appreciation of this masterpiece. With under 40 minutes of total play time and two very similar releases of The Girl From Ipanema and Corcovado it might seem not too much bang for your buck but believe me it pays off.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE Best Bossa Nova Album
    Have owned two vinyl copies of this album. Wore out the first copy. Will probably buy the CD. I can't add too much to the previous reviews but let me add two words, 'Timeless & Elegant.'

    5-0 out of 5 stars One thing to say---
    I do not know a word of Portugese, but I can sing "The Girl From Impanema" by heart -- in Portugese. That's how many times I've played this album.

    If you can and have the means to play it, get this in its original LP format. But the CD is most excellent as well, and if you haven't ever heard it, I encourage you to buy it right now; you won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Something about Samba
    This will just be a short review..this CD is absolutely wonderful. I am not going to compare it to anything...I'm not even going to try and describe it other than to say it brings me an incredible amount of joy. It's sexy cool, it's flippin' hot.

    It's just right for a night of loving.

    My only complaint is that it is too short...but maybe that's the genius of it because it made me crave other music by both Getz and Gilberto.

    So I'm going to let you stop reading and let you purchase this beautiful recording. ... Read more


    5. The Motorcycle Diaries
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    Argentine filmmaker Walter Salles (Central Station, Behind the Sun chronicles the epic, 8000 mile motorcycle journey of two friends---one of whom is Ernesto "Che" Guevara---in his compelling story of personal, geographic, and political discovery. Composer Gustavo Santaollala, one of the leading figures in Argentine rock and pop (and the producer behind 2003 Latin Grammy Record and Album of the Year winnerJuanes) infuses Salles' unusual road movie with a multi-faceted score that draws not only on his country's rich national musical heritage, but on the same restless musical instincts Santaollala brought to his equally haunting music for 21 Grams. As on that score, his primary instrument is again the guitar, though the seductive electric fretwork of the previous film takes a backseat to acoustic stylings that range from indigenous folk-rooted charm to nervous, electronic-backed soundscapes. Further underscoring the score's expansive, post-modern sensibilities are Maria Esther Zapata'ssaucy take on the tango-novelty "Chipi Chipi," the composer's own retro-energetic "Que Rico El Mambo" and the evocative contemporary ballad, "Al Otro Lado Del Rio," by Jorge Drexler. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more


    6. Buena Vista Social Club
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    Ry Cooder's name has helped bring attention to this session, but it's the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they're putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn't mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres's laoud solo on "El Cuarto de Tula" is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a quote from "Stormy Weather" and some very distinct parallels to Hawaiian styles remind us of why it's called "world music." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Full Of Life And Energy.
    "Buena Vista Social Club" is a collection of music done with true feeling, talent and spirit. Great music never gets too old and here is evidence the great music from Cuba is still vibrant today as it was 40 years ago. The film based on the group had a special message about how age doesn't matter in the area of the great artists. One of the musicians here is in his 90s and look at how alive and energetic and moving this music is! The vocals, the music, the lyrics are all rich and full of style. These are real musicians playing real music. Like Santana's "Supernatural," "Buena Vista Social Club" is more of an experience than just good music. Songs like "Chan Chan" are really deep and move you in a nice way, others like "Candela" just excite you with the energy and fun feeling of it all. I'm grateful to Ry Cooder for bringing back these incredible musicians who play some of the best Cuban music ever. The only reason other arists like Celia Cruz don't mention them that often is because they still live in their homeland, Cuba. But they deserve praise and more. Recently we remembered Tito Puente who was a great musician and recently passed away, but we should also appreciate those who really brought Latin music to life, the ones who really play it with spirit and feeling. "Buena Vista Social Club" is no less than a masterpiece.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Cuban Masterpiece
    I have no words to describe how brilliant this recording is. Buena Vista Social Club bring alive the music that has sustained Cuba as far back as the 1920s. Listening to the likes of Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo and Omara Portuondo paint a picture of a vibrant and soulful Cuba from the not too distant past. Needless to say, all musicians on this album have such incredible talent, that it is difficult to believe that we've missed out on such a musical extravagance for over 50 years. I have not come across a singer that can deliver such heartfelt passion in their music like Ibrahim Ferrer (83) and Compay Segundo (93), but the person that moved me the most on this recording was the 77 year old pianist Ruben Gonzalez. You just have to listen to PUEBLO NUEVO and MURMULLO to realise this man's incredible talent. It is hard to believe that Ruben virtually had given up playing due to arthritis in his hands, and that he has no piano at home.

    It is amazing to think that none of the musicians received recognition at the height of their careers, and seeing their current living conditions is a humbling experience. Nonetheless, I am happy that they achieved fame at last. All songs on this album are masterpieces. This recording is worth ten times its price, and it is one of my most treasured CDs in my music collection. It is a nostalgic, yet brilliant piece of Cuba.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this cd.
    I saw the video on PBS a couple of years ago. I was instantly hooked. I don't speak Spanish but like other reviewers have said, music is a universal language, and the beauty of this music proves that. I highly recommend this cd as a must own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cuban Music Like Mama Used To Make
    I happen to come across this cd by sheer luck. It is the best cd that I have purchased to date. I mixes latin jazz, big band and ballroom music all together. There are several fun songs with a deep routed soul that I thought had been lost. Even if you do not understand spanish this is a wonderful treasure to have in your collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Unbelievable!
    Buena Vista Social Club's self titled first album is musical excellence. Focusing predominantly on son, a traditional Cuban musical form, BVSC delivers, and with spectacular results. This collaborative masterpiece between BVSC and Ry Cooder simply must be experienced. From the first chords on the tres on "Chan Chan" to the final notes of "La Bayamesa", BVSC takes the listener on a trip to both Old Havana as well as rural Cuba. BVSC provides an excellent introduction to traditional Cuban music to those who are new to the genre, as well as a more than satisfying offering to even the most discerning Cuban music afficionado. In all honesty, I feel (and I think that most of this album's reviewers would tend to agree with me on this one) that to discredit this album is truly to demonstrate profound ignorance and lack of appreciation for son music, one of Cuba's oldest and most respected musical styles. In short, this album is ablsoutely essential listening and a must-buy, hands down. If you don't already own this album, buy it as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed. ... Read more


    7. Barrio Fino
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Daddy Yankee-Barrio Fino
    This album came in with such high vibe that i was very anticipated to listen and buy it, after listening and reviewing all the tracks, i have been very dissapointed. the artist spent 2 years in this project which he would promo every time he was featured on other albums for as long as i can remember. Only about 4 tracks are worth listening 5, 11, 14,15 all the others have fallen short. His previouse album, El Cangri.com was a very huge success which will always overshadow this poor attempt. I am very confused as to find that on albums he was featured on, such as Wisin-el sobreviviente and Mas flow he introduced hotter tracks than on his own album. Now to top it all off there is talk of him retiring due to a large amount of pirate copies of his Album that were released before the release date. I have lost some respect for him, since he is not the only artist affected by that "pirate virus" others don't threathen to "retire" and leave their fans without providing even better music to better their poor effort.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HOT AS HELL
    This CD is TIGHT...it's worth the money...buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FIRE!! puro FUEGO
    This album delivers 18 banging tracks! Definately a bang for your buck! I live in utah and I am definately gonna go see Daddy yankee in concert either in puerto rico or NY ... Buy this album right now you will not be dissapointed. The cd starts off strong with king Daddy produced by luny tunes followed by some production by monserrate and others banging track after track. And ends with a more indept look at the life of the rapper. Banging album , Dope Dope Dope ... Read more


    8. REBIRTH
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    9. Something's Gotta Give
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but missing a great song on soundtrack
    The movie was great and so is the soundtrack--for the most part. I agree with the people who have posted reviews before me...the soundtrack is missing that great song from the Diane Keaton/Keanu Reeves scene in her kitchen. I hate to post such a question here, but does anyone know what the name of that song is and who sings it? It isn't "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5 as a previous poster suggested. I am sure that it wasn't Jamiroquai, as I did not see it listed in the song credits after the film, but it sounded a lot like him. If anyone can figure it out......please post!

    4-0 out of 5 stars song titles and boum boum!
    The album is good on its own, it's very relaxing, and perfectly evokes the part in the movie where Erica was doing her writing and Harry was around.. It would've been REALLY great if it had included all the contemporary songs like Paul Simon's "Learn How to Fall", the Krazytown song "Butterfly" and Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning", Earth Wind and Fire's "Sing a Song". And the song someone here was looking for is really titled "Boum Boum", sung by Charles Trenet. All the more contemporary songs weren't in the album, so disappointing! I hope they decide to release another soundtrack to the album, with all the missing songs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Song at the end of credits
    I'm also looking for that haunting music that plays whenever Jack and Diane are together. It also plays at the very end of the movie as the final credits roll. Can anyone tell us the name of the song and the artist? It's an instrumental.You can e-mail me at jbballi@hotmail.com.

    Thanks,

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome! and the mysterious song...
    A Great Movie and CD...the mysterious song that plays when Harry and Erica are together on piano, then guitar is called Remember Me and is featured on this CD

    3-0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTED
    Great movie. Disappointing CD as there are only 14 tracks of the 28 from the movie on the CD. What a let down. I loved all the tracks. I most certainly would/will pay double to have all of the tracks. Come on SONY do me/us a big favour and release the real sound track. ... Read more


    10. Un Dia Normal
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    Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes's second solo album is many things:poetic, lyrical, heartfelt, and intelligent. Ordinary, however, would not beamong the list of adjectives. The humble title, Un Dia Normal, is more adescription of the album's overall themes. It's a slicker and catchiercollection than Juanes's politically minded 2000 albumFijate Bien, which earnedseven Latin Grammy nominations and tons of critical attention. Un DiaNormal finds the former member of rock outfit Ekhymosis contemplating anarray of inner emotions--primarily life, love, and loss--all anchored by GustavoSantaolalla's tight, precise production work. "La Unica" is a sweet and tunefullove letter, while "Mala Gente" finds Juanes damning a cruel lover tohell--literally. "A Dios le Pido" is an intoxicating swirl of cumbia,reggae, and folk rhythms, but it's the bittersweet duet "Fotografia" that trulysoars. Juanes's unassuming vocal style is the perfect complement to Canadiansongbird Nelly Furtado'slilting soprano, creating a shining moment among an already impressivecollection of gems. --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unico!
    The best latin male artist Juanes is now the most popular singer in the whole wide spanish speaking world!!! This CD won a lot of Grammys and other awards! If you want to know more 'bout Juanes, you must listen to this Cd, 'cause it's "his diary' :) I rate it 5/5

    1. A Dios le Pido Juanes biggest smash hit!!! 5/5
    2. Es Por Ti he won Grammy for this one:) 5/5
    3. Un Dia Normal My favorite song:) 5/5
    4. La Paga Another hit he sang it with THE BLACK EYED PEAS on Grammy Awards Show 5/5
    5. La Unica For his mother:) 5/5
    6. Luna sweet:) 5/5
    7. Día Lejano My other favorite:D 5/5
    8. Mala Gente Song from Soap opera, another hit 5/5
    9. Fotografía Duet with Nelly Furtado a BIG SMASH 5/5
    10. Desde Que Despierto nice 4,5/5
    11. Historia de Juan Just History of Juan Esteban 5/5
    12. Noche The fastest song 5/5

    5-0 out of 5 stars Juanes es tan talentoso y inteligente! Que viva Colombia!
    I was introduced to Juanes' music by a huge fan of his work, dating back to Ekhymosis--his former band. I definitely was pleasantly surprised to find how catchy his tunes were, and also the lyrics are fabulous, thoughtful and intelligent. Even if you don't speak Spanish you will definitely find something to enjoy about his songwriting style. A Dios Le Pido is social commentary relating to the state of the world (I Pray to God). What a timely written during such an uncertain time. The rest of the songs feature Juanes' beautiful guitar strumming. You can tell it comes straight from his heart. Also, the mix of rock, cumbia, vallenato and ballad is versatile and never boring. Guaranteed to get you dancing, or at least tapping your foot as you wait for the traffic light to change.....

    Another beautiful cut is La Unica (The Only). This song is dedicated to his mother who passed away. I always love when artists honor loved ones through their work and talent. Juanes tackles all issues on this album---everything from failed love (Mala Gente/Fotografia/La Paga) to broken homes (La Historia de Juan) to social unrest (A Dios Le Pido). He is definitely a gifted artist in a class by himself. Que vive, Juanes!
    Check this album out. I guarantee you will want to buy it after you listen to the sample cuts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect?
    This comes pretty damn close to being a perfect CD. Juanes has a sexy voice and all the songs are fun to listen to (slow or fast). He make me want to learn Spanish. This is a solid CD with nothing to skip over...although you might want to go back and listen to a song again. My personal favorite is "Luna" and I don't know why. Juanes is the best thing to come out of Colombia since Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    Standout songs: a dios le pide, la paga, la unica, luna, mala gente, photografia, la noche

    5-0 out of 5 stars for the record...
    ...the last track "Noche" on Juanes CD is supposed to sound different than the rest for the fact that the song was originally sang by a Colombian icon, Joe Arroyo. So i'm assuming he still wanted to keep the original beats to it and not change the song that many people know to keep true to his colombian roots but his cd is very good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars UnDia Normal- mejor than normal!
    This is great, I loved the cd, purchased it Jan '03 and its still in my "listen to often" pile. This Colombian band is great, on cd and live. I would recommend anything by them! ... Read more


    11. Lagrimas Negras
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    This album pairs one of the greatest flamenco singers of today, cantaor Diego El Cigala, with one of Cuba's finest Afro-Cuban pianists, Bebo Valdes. With Valdes (father of the great Chucho Valdes) born in 1918, there's a 40-year age difference between the pianist and the singer, but they do a fine job crossing generations and oceans to discover the commonalities between Caribbean and the Iberian music, coming up with a romantic marriage of the two cultures using rumbas, guajira, sons and boleros. All the songs are classics out of the Latin music tradition, using just a handful of players in support. Valdes's fingers are delicate and prone to dramatic flourishes; Cigala's voice is pure flamenco in its hoarse intonation, cadence and emotional outpourings. The two masters make the union work by focusing on the drama of the love songs--"Veinte Años," "Inolvidable" and the title track are just three amazing examples--as fuel for some of the most exquisitely passionate music to come out in ages.--Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sublime
    That's pianist Bebo Valdes, one of Cuba's great jam session players of the 1950s (and still a potent force on the music scene) and flamenco vocalist Diego "La Cigala," whose half-croaked, Arabic-tinged inflections offer a fine counterpoint to Valdes's trademark sleek, supple piano runs. Cigala sounds like he, too, must be an ancient old-timer, un viejo, like all those Buena Vista dudes... But in fact he is a youngster, a ponytailed whippersnapper who just happens to channel weight of the the ages... Quite a lot of gravitas, subtlety and artistic firepower is assembled here; just to spice things up, they bring in some highpowered guests, such as jazzman Paquito D'Rivera, Milton Cardona and Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso, who duets with Cigana on a version of "Coracao Vagabundo," which closes the album. Also included are classic compositions by Miguel Matamoros, Maria Teresa Vera and other Latin American and Iberian legends. Mighty classy material.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Master Bebo Valdes, El Maestro...
    Bebo Valdés is not only a superb piano player, he is a great composer of Cuban music.
    Exile in Switzerland, and great cuban gentleman.
    Qué siga la tradición, Bebo!
    Gracias.
    José Porcell Sr.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Musical Paradise for Latin Music
    2 Bad Cigala sings . Otherwise is Perfect .

    5-0 out of 5 stars Is there anything else?
    This is the question I would like to ask to Mr. Valdes if I have the opportunity. And I'm sure that he would answer with a "yes", because music is always changing, because we must be ready for such nice surprises as long as musicians like "Bebo" and "El Cigala" are among us. My grandparents used to listen to some of these boleros, and because of them I like this music. Now, I have the chance to listen to them in a different way. I'm pretty sure that they didn't imagine this deep and marvelous interpretation, and that it's not going to be the last one. ... Read more


    12. Street Signs
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    You generally don't have to listen too hard to hear what's on the mind of Los Angeles music collective Ozomatli. The multi-faceted band is rarely subtle in its politics or its incorporation of countless Latin traditions as well as modern rock, jazz, pop and hip-hop. But on the band's third album, Street Signs, the addition of the Prague Symphony and the distinct influence of Arab and North African music certainly qualify as ambitious curve balls. Announcing its intentions from the get-go, album-opener "Believe" starts with a Rai-style vocal melody before finishing with a gritty rap as Bollywood-style strings provide a sweeping backdrop throughout. Never lingering in one place for long, the band quickly goes from there into some of the catchiest Latin Rock this side of Santana's "Smooth" on such gems as "Love And Hope" and "(Who Discovered) America?" before tearing off in other directions. These fearless hip-hop bambinos truly go their own way, saying what they want, playing what they want. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning mixture of sounds the OZO way....
    I'm only a recent Ozo fan, and have to say that I have missed out on numerous chances to see this band over the years. I am fortunate enough to have seen them once, and was blown away by their raw energy, and mixture of latin, funk, hip hop, rock among many different styles of music. I was immediately hooked.

    With their third full release, it's easy to hear Ozomatli's influences taken to a new level. The middle eastern underlay on tracks like "Believe" and "Who's To Blame?" featuring Chali 2na is apparent. The spanish guitar on "Santiago" soothes the soul. The Latin Jazz sound of "Nadie De Tira" featuring Eddie Palmieri on piano is pure bliss, not to mention the beautiful intro - "Doña Isabelle". The funk rock "Saturday Night" will get any party started and the Orishas like title track is a standout.

    Overall "Street Signs" is a manifestation of what Ozomatli are all about - making funky, shake your ass music. Ozo have already proven to be one of the best bands in the world, live or in the studio, and this album is just another verification of this fact.

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome
    i love it! this cd just like the others is amazing a must for ozo fans!it is different but familiar.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Eclectic, Amazing
    Yes, it is far better to see this band live, but this album does not dissappoint. I've been an Ozo fan for a long time and I really like the direction they took with this album. It is an eclectic mix of genres. I think the mix of the band members contributes to the mixing of musical genres in an innovative way. The sounds produced here from hip hop to ballads, middle eastern to brazilian are fresh and new. They are definitely ahead of their time, and I can't wait for the rest of the world to catch up to Ozomatli!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ozomatli always impresses!
    The one thing about Ozomatli is that you must see them perform live. However, if that's not possible, then buying the cd is the next best thing and "Street Signs" is what you need. With so many musical styles on this one cd, it's impossible to be bored. There's hip-hop with "Saturday Night," a Cuban drive in "Nadie Te Tira," and a flameco-flair with "Te Estoy Buscando," just to name a few. If you're familiar with Ozo, then you know what great music they're capable of; if you've never heard of them before, then you need to get to know this band and their music. Even if you don't understand Spanish, their music has something for everyone and their energy is contagious. Bottomline is "Street Signs" will lead down many roads, each one more enjoyable than the one before.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ozo Packs Plenty of Surprises
    After owning three Ozomatli cds (which includes this new release as well) they seem to almost reinvent themselves each time. This is an excellent thing. While some ingredients may seem familiar in each album, there is tons of new sounding material and all sorts of artistic experimentation utilized each time in good doses! I cannot pin it down exactly about what it is, but this third release has a much more coherent and smoother track flow. In each album the listener never knows what type of cultural or global influences the group will incorporate on that particualr project.These artists incorporate a healthy plethora of cultural melting pot influences to the nth degree.Ozo seems to know the secret to what is essential for them to succeed and produce such captivating music and "food for thought" lyrics.Ozo knows how to mix in plenty of vacationing/travelling escapism as well in some of their tunes; Just listen to a track like Santiago and tell me that no person in their right mind would not be influenced to wanna go or would like to go to places such as Cancun, Rosarito Beach, Baja, San Diego or even a Latin nightclub in L.A. While they may sing about life,global,social,political or any kind of issues, it's the music and talent aplenty (diversity) that makes the grade (possibly exceeds it) ! It's all universal baby !... ... Read more


    13. The Best of the Gipsy Kings
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    Hailing from the Reyes and Baliardo Gypsy families, this ensemble from the south of France has been playing "rumba flamenca" since the late 1980s.With this 1995 compilation, the songwriting talent and virtuosity this unique group possesses were gathered together in one comprehensive CD. Notable inclusions are the anthemic hit "Bamboleo," from their debut, Gipsy Kings; the slowly emotive "Trista Pena" the Italian cover "Volar&eacute," from Mosaïque; and assorted live cuts that wonderfully capture the wild energy these players spark onstage. In short, the Gipsy Kings are a celebratory bunch who know how to rock with a rhapsody of acoustic guitars, passionate vocals, and walls of congas, timbales, cabasas, and bongos. Check this caravan out. --Karen Karleski ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Baila, Baila!
    Though I don't remember much from high school Spanish, when I hear this CD, "Queiro bailar!" (I want to dance!) This is my favorite CD to listen to while stuck in traffic on Southern California's freeways. You can't help but be "moved" by the music. All of the songs are great (maybe that's why they call it the best of...) It's almost guaranteed that you will not be disappointed in this album.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection for Neophytes
    I'm not a Latin music fan, so I've got to review from the point of view of a pop fan. This is a very good collection of Gipsy Kings numbers, featuring most if not all of the tracks I liked best from their body of work - "Moorea", "Volare", "Viento del Arena", "Bamboleo". The mega-mix at the end is rather unnecessary, and points out how much some songs sound like others. Honestly, eighteen tracks tend to max my attention span, and the songs begin to run together. This may be an indication of my shortcomings rather than the albums, however. People looking for a Gipsy Kings album (or some Latin flavored music to add to their collection) probably won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars !Excelente!
    This CD was a bargain at this price! Unlike previous reviewers, I feel that the music on the two different CDs is well-arranged. The first CD is more uptempo, while the second CD is a bit more minor-keyed, a litter darker. Both are excellent! I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A new atmosphere
    I've been listening to the Gypsy Kings since i was a kid and now that im 21 i still listen to them. I have these group of friends who also have been listening to the GK's music since their childhood days. It's practically our theme song whenever we go to the beach and soak in the sun. We can't get enough of the songs 'cause they bring us to a new world where life is just so relaxing. We even put the songs on during any of our dinner parties. It makes us feel like we are all in Spain and relaxing with a glass of sanggria and having just a good time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Always great listening and never fails to cheer me up.
    This is so unlike most music I buy. Most of the stuff I listen to is rock, and I tend to like loud music. However, I've always liked jazz and classical, so I've got my ear open for sounds outside of my normal listening diet.

    At one point in college I was going to sit in for a few friends who had an informal flamenco gig. I wanted to get an ear for what I might be playing, so one of the guitarists recommended this disc.

    Am I ever glad he did.

    Somehow, this album is one I can always get into. It's got great rhythms all the way through, and interesting guitar lines (if you're into King Crimson/Guitar Craft, this may scratch an itch for you). But what's great about this album is that it's very song-driven. Great, usually upbeat songs that make you feel cheerful, even if you don't know what's being said.

    The sound on this album is good -- varying in quality in places (some live tracks; tracks from different albums). But you never miss anything important.

    The greatest compliment I can give this album (besides the fact that after having owned it for years it still gets heavy play) is that it it's one of the few recordings I hear with totally innocent ears. I don't try and pick apart its production, I don't try and analyze every bit. I just sit back and enjoy -- which is perfect virtually any time.

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    14. Eco [Bonus Track]
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    For many gringos, Uruguayan singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler’s arrival was announced by his quietly strummed performance of "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" during the closing credits of The Motorcycle Diaries. The song wound up winning an Oscar for Best Original Song, but this kind of acclaim is nothing new for talented Drexler: he's already a major pop star in Latin America. Using South American roots styles for subtle flavor, Drexler's music combines a sophisticated blend of modern production, acoustic guitar-based songs and a myriad of different slightly electronic touches. His voice has the same kind of sensual but thoughtful tone we’ve come to expect from Caetano Veloso. While the title track sounds like it could be one Coldplay's sweeping anthems, Drexler gets verbal for the talk/singing "Guitarra Y Vos," which a real highlight. Longtime fans will consider Eco, his seventh album overall, up to his high standards, but this is a real eye opener for those who are just coming to the table. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Poetry in Motion
    The comparisons I've read here to Caetano Veloso are apt, since they're both tenors and Drexler has that Brazilian vocal style:no vibrato and a soft delivery.And like much of Brazilian music (Veloso is Brazilian -- Drexler is from Uruguay), Drexler's songs are lyric-driven.He has a lot to say, and says it beautifully.I often listen to music in foreign languages and find that it's no impediment if the music and rhythms are compelling enough.The songs on this disk have that special quality.But fortunately, I understand Spanish and therefore can thoroughly enjoy the philosophical musings, quirky insights, and breathtakingly sensual and romantic poetry that accompany these infectious arrangements.

    Like most North Americans, I first learned of Drexler through his Academy Award-winning song, written for the wonderful film, The Motorcycle Diaries.The movie is a true account of a cross-continent motorcycle trip taken by a young Che Guevara as a bourgeois medical student. It depicts how his eyes are opened to the injustices suffered by poor people in his native South America.If you find a good translation of the lyrics to Al Otro Lado Del Rio you may be impressed, as I am, by the understated, subtle way in which Drexler speaks for the idealistic young Che, on the verge of becoming a revolutionary.

    Drexler is a thoughtful and original composer and lyricist and a very good singer.Eco is worth owning and it gets better with repeated hearings.I recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
    I do not understand a word of what this man is singing but frankly, it doesn't matter. This has to be one of the best crafted albums that I have ever heard! From the music to the musicianship to the production values, this is flawless. I will leave it up to those you with an understanding of his lyrics to attest to their merit - all I can say is that this is a very lyrical album. I mean this in the sense that the music of the words is as striking as the playing. I can't help but think that this album would be huge in the US if it were sung in English - but would it sound the same? I tend to think that Drexler's talent would overcome any perceived obstacle.
    Oddly enough, my least favorite track is the one that won the Oscar - Al Otro Lado Del Rio. No hooks you see...but there are so many highlights on this album that it is difficult to single them out.
    I have seen comparisons to Caetano Veluso whom I like but Drexler is altogether more musical and more pleasing to the ear IMO.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Caetano or David Byrne of Uruguay
    A fellow David Byrne fan from Uruguay first posted some comments on DB's bulletin board about Drexler getting snubbed from the Academy Awards because he wasn't "...famous enough..." to sing his own song (reminder to self: just one more reason to never watch that crap).Drexler told Nic Harcourt of KCRW recently he wrote a letter of protest to the Academy Awards, and wasn't happy about it.Even Antonio Banderas didn't feel right about singing it, but relented in the end.Drexler turned out to be the one to laugh last, as he sang a few lines from his song in lieu of an acceptance speech at the Academy Awards.He reminds most immediately of Caetano Veloso's London exile years ("Joia", "Muito", and "Bicho"), and has the seemingly effortless intellectual range of Caetano and David Byrne.Very gentle, intelligent, and intense.His lyrics are nothing short of sublime.It helps if you understand some Spanish, but this is music that can be appreciated for its own sake.Unbelievably talented singer songwriter, who may soon become much more known in the U.S.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Motorcycle Diaries Brings Uruguayan Talent to the Fore
    Uruguayan singer/composer Jorge Drexler wrapped his delicately warm voice around a gently strummed guitar on "Al Otro Lado del Rio", the yearning song that accompanied the closing credits of Walter Salles' wondrous road movie, "The Motorcycle Diaries". It was a fitting ending to a beatific film, and he won a surprise Oscar for Best Song. It seems inevitable that a solo recording would be released in conjunction with that celebratory moment, although ironically Drexler was denied the opportunity to sing it on the actual Oscar telecast in favor of famed non-singer Antonio Banderas.

    Produced by Drexler, along with Juan Campodónico, and Carlos Casacuberta, this disc is certainly good enough to attract new fans to Drexler, whose voice reminds me of a Latin-tinged blend of James Taylor and Michael Franks. Leisurely paced but impeccably produced, the Spanish-language songs are genuinely melodic if a bit monotonous at times. The title track and "Todo Se Tranforma" are nice slices of pop music, the first with a sweeping rhythmic feel and the latter punctuated by electronic percussion and echoing backing vocals. Both seem rather trivial compared to the mostly spoken word anthem, "Guitarra y Vos", a surprisingly affecting song. "Transporte" picks up the pace, and nice syncopated backbeats make "Milonga Del Moro Judío" and "Polvo De Estellas" percolate with calculated abandon. "Se Va, Se Va, Se Fue" has an oddly retro feel with its tick-tock backbeat and overly dramatic string arrangements."Salvapantallas" is a lovely song performed very sweetly, and "Al Otro Lado del Rio" provides an appropriate closer. The overall effect is alternately tranquil and percussive with an insinuating rhythm that is downright irresistible. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
    I first knew of Jorge Drexler with 'Al Otro Lado Del Rio' from the Motorcycle Diaries. When I saw this on sale, I couldn't resist and I absolutely love this disc! ... Read more


    15. Bebel Gilberto
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    With the release of her debut Tanto Tempo in 2000, the Brazilian singerBebel Gilberto and the late DJ Suba redefined the bossa nova sound. Hersophomore effort, produced by Marius de Vries, the soundmeister behindMadonna, Annie Lennox and Bjork, was recorded in Rio, Bahia, London and NewYork. Gilberto's cool contralto sings sweetly oversynths, strings, percussion acoustic piano and horns. Daniel Jobim and PedroBaby contributed compositions. Caetano Veloso's "Baby" features lyrics byOs Mutantes, and Carlinhos Brown's candomblé-cadenced, "Aganju" swings witha nod to Africa. Bebel's hushed vocals reveal the influences of herfather, the legendary Joao Gilberto, and of her mother Miucha on theelectro-bossa beats of "Winter." Ditto the ocean-breezed "O Caminho," withjazzy orchestrations and pianisms provided by Joao Donato. This disc aimsfor the ear rather than the hips, but don't be surprised if future remixescould flip that sonic script. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Bossa Nova Bliss, Great Summertime Record
    It must be in the genes. There is a great swing and summertime glide to this music that I find totally enchanting. As mystifyingly seductive as "The Girl From Ipanema," this CD finds daughter Bebel crafting an incredibly strong follow up to TANTO TEMPO. No sophomore jinx here. The musicians are terrific throughout, and while the lyrics are of no real substance, it is the mood they conjure, be it in Portugese or Bebel's take on English. I'd cut off my arm to have a woman sing to me like that.
    The summer heat and the humid waves of a sultry tropical night undulate through this music. This is the stuff for very little clothing and lots of romance. The ballads are uncomplicated paeans to a lover, the sambas are just so swinging as to inspire you to walk in time with the music. This is just a lot of fun.
    Gilberto's voice is perfect for all of it. She has assembled such a brilliant cast of musicians that they collectively honour her father's legacy and advance the bossa nova seduction well into the Twenty-first Century. The recording is pristine. You can virtually here fingers touch the nylon strings of the guitars and the percussion percolates as though you were surrounded by the players. Quite an impressive recording! Many's the ostensible chanteuse, particularly the blonde ones, who ought to woodshed with this CD until they get it right (and lose their self absorbed English husbands). In any case, this is what seductive jazz singing sounds like, and I suspect I shall be listening to this through the summers on PEI and well into the frosts of winter. It has a passionately warming effect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bossa nova heiress takes big step forward
    Bebel Gilberto's 2000 debut "Tanto Tempo" was a crossover come true: critics loved it, DJs tweaked the tracks and brought it to club audiences, it became a landmark disc in the chillout movement and it sold well enough to stay on Billboard's World Music Chart for fifty weeks. So what does she do for an encore?

    She ups the ante, that's what. Her self-titled sophomore release prove that the fruit didn't fall far from the musical tree (Bebel's father Joao, alongside Antonio Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz, was crucial in the bossa nova movement of the 60's). And not only is the grace and style of her debut still intact, but her singing is more confident and relaxed...her vocals are downright fluid on breezy midtempo numbers like "Baby" and "River Song," and the ballads "All Around" and "Winter" are sweetly heartfelt. And listeners drawn to the electronica elements of her debut have plenty to be happy about; while not high in beats-per-minute, "Aganju" and "Cada Beijo" each sound like something only the hippest after-hours club would spin.

    Sophomore slumps prey on even the most promising artists, but Bebel managed to turn a potential curse into an artistic blessing. Emotional, sensual and wickedly listenable, "Bebel Gilberto" is, like its predecessor, a must-own, must-buy, must-love album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, buoyant Bebel bossa nova -
    Bebel Gilberto's self-titled second cd is the follow-up to her ground-breaking "Tanto Tempo" which was widely accepted in North American sales although her Brazilian pedigree goes back a generation. Bebel is the daughter of Miucha, a well-known Brazilian singer and her father is Joao Gilberto a renowned Brazilian bossa nova musician. I must admit that when it comes to the Bosa Nova I far prefer male voices. Specifically, there is no music that is the definition of Brazilian rhythmic warmth to me like Antonio Carlos Jobim. The lower register voices are more sultry and capture that relaxed loose latin rhythum for me better than female singers - just a personal preference. That said I do like this cd. I especially love her version of Caetano Veloso's "Baby" in the first track. It's subtle but expressive. This cd isn't as "clubby" mixed as her first but it's mature and warm and lovely for a listen. If you like to sway in a Brazilian way - you'll enjoy this cd.

    5-0 out of 5 stars sexy, hot, breezy, sunny, wet, intoxicatingly excellent!!
    I have waited so impatiently for Bebel's next recording, wondering if it would be as good as Tanto Tempo, worrying the second would not be as good as the first due to the untimely, tragic death of Suba (production is everything!). But my prayers were answered in her second self-titled cd. This collection of songs is every bit as good, if not even better, than Tanto Tempo. And I wore that one out, even had to buy two more. It has a lighter, more playful feel, and I really like the frequent use of flute (my instrument as well). But it can still evoke sexy, warm, smooth, dreamy, even melancholy feelings in even the most stoic of listeners. Bebel does not always have the perfect voice,especially when it comes to pitch, which I happen to like. I think it adds authenticity and emotion to her songs. I am still in that infatuation stage with the new cd, trying to find my favorite tune. I hear one and firmly decide that its my favorite, but then I hear the next and change my mind that it is indeed my favorite...until I hear the next one. I simply love them all right now!
    I wonder if anyone knows of more music along these lines. I stumbled upon Bebel by accident (actually, I heard an interview with her on NPR and thought I might like her music given her familial ties)
    I grew up on Sergio Mendes and Brazil, and Charlie Byrd Trio Bossa Nova,Antonio Carlos Jobim, and lots of Astrid as well. But I find too much techno a little off-putting to a degree. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    In conclusion, this cd will take you where ever you want to go. A white sand beach, a yacth in the Atlantic, a smokey low lit jazz club, a private picnic in the shade, whatever your pleasure. It is a wonderful piece to add to any fine music connoisseur's collection.
    Enjoy!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not Tanto Tempo
    Well this has been quite a disappointing album. She has such potentional to shy away from the typical jazz sound and Tanto Tempo shows this. I liked one song on the whole cd. I didnt like it... ... Read more


    16. Wave
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    It's hardly a stretch to say that Antonio Carlos Jobim--the wonderful Brazilian composer almost single-handedly responsible for all things bossa nova--influenced some of past half century's best and most insipid musics, from bossa nova jazz to elevator Muzak. Wave, a collection of 1967 dates featuring keyboardist Jobim backed by an extensive orchestra, straddles that line: it's full of amazing original compositions, but the arrangements have a certain faux suave, late-'60s lounge feel that reeks of stale cheese. The result is actually great, the veneer of kitsch insidiously masking Jobim's trademark immeasurable sadness, which creeps up on you and leaves you unexpectedly affected. --Keven McAlester ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The album that defines bossa nova
    I first bought WAVE on vinyl, shortly it was released, already being a fan of Jobim. I played the grooves off of it. Now, I have it in CD. It's doubtful anyone in the world has played and listened to this album more than I have over the years. The appeal is threefold: First, Jobim's music is relentlessly upbeat and mood elevating. There is a happiness and joy which never fails to make your outlook on life better. Second, the music is relaxing. It cuts through tension and removes the stress and aggravation of everyday living. Third, it's rhythmic. Brazilian beats are recognized as the most expressive and soul-moving in the world. If these rhythms don't get your body subtly moving, you'll need life supports! If you don't know Jobim or haven't listened to Brazilian Bossa Nova, start here! Jobim is the undisputed, heavyweight champion of the genre and THIS album is at the absolute top of his work. Do NOT miss it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
    This CD is a classic, no doubt about it. It's a release that I would have to recommend to anyone that's a fan of Bossa Nova and Antonio Carlos Jobim's music. To many, Wave is like the essence of Bossa Nova and a cornerstone in the genre. Simply put, you haven't heard all there is to hear of Bossa Nova if you haven't heard this.

    I love this CD - I can put it in no matter the time of day and unwind and relax. It has soothing orchestration, gentle touches of life and the musicianship is stellar, of course, and it's very romantic. It's almost like there's a song for each season of the year and once the music plays, you're taken to another place. Of all the Antonio Carlos Jobim releases, this is certainly an essential - along with Elis and Tom. So many artists have redone works here and it's safe to say that very very few of them capture the magic that the versions here do - with the notable exception of Elis Regina's "Triste" IMO.

    Definitely PICK THIS UP! It's worth every penny. But be warned if you're a bit new to Bossa Nova, this isn't so much about Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz or Joao Gilberto so the versions here are very different from theirs. And if you do pick this up and like it, certainly check out Getz/Gilberto, Elis & Tom, Astrud Gilberto and of course Joao Gilberto and work by Joyce. Oh yeah, and check out "Tide", by Antonio Carlos Jobim too. Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Music of Antonio Carlos Hobim
    Jobim Music is to float on a cloud of dreams. I have most of his music performed by all the great Brazilian artists including a
    a superb rendition by Frank Sinatra {not Brazilian}
    Ilove this CD.Although it is Instrumental The music is divine.
    Jobim inspires love and romance in me.
    From Arti a 24 years GUY

    5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate bossa nova album, and Tom Jobim's best
    I just received this album, today, and I can't get enough of it! I had sampled listening to the tracks after being attracted to "Wave"'s unique album cover with the giraffe silhouetted in a 'green sky' background. (The picture on the back with Tom Jobim in silhouette is also nice, adding a haunting, dramatic touch.) I immediately fell in love with this album, and had to order it.

    All of the tracks on Tom Jobim's "Wave" are bossa novas - bossa nova being my favorite style of Brazilian music. One can't help imagine being on a Rio beach while listening to the tracks, such as "Wave", "The Red Blouse", "Mojave" and, my ultimate favorite, "Antigua", which reminds one of the beach and sea. When I listen to "Antigua" (at least, just this version), whimsical person that I am, I imagine Alexander Belayev's "Amphibian" Ichthyander romancing his sweetheart, Gutierre on an isolated beach on that Caribbean island. I see them tenderly embracing (and kissing!) at the surf.

    Okay, back to reality, and Tom Jobim's "Wave"!

    I sampled the tracks on "Tide", Jobim's follow-up album to "Wave". "Tide" is good, but many of the songs veer from the bossa nova sound. Which is why I'm sticking with "Wave". An Amazon reviewer mentioned that "Wave" is the better of the two albums. I agree. For me, it is THE BEST! Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave" is a must-have for lovers of standard bossa nova music, and for lovers, in general.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chillout, lounge... this is where it all began
    Close your eyes, forget about names and time. If you do that, you can picture "The Red House", the now-legendary "Triste", the 3/4 "Mojave" or "Lamento" being recorded by some of the 21st century's hottest chillout acts... but truth is that it's yet another revival (not implying that today's work lacks value or originality)... quite simply, Tom Jobim did this back 1967, with his new Bossa (Bossa Nova) in this follow through to classics such as "The Girl from Ipanema", "One Note Samba" and "Desafinado".

    Digitally mastered and engineered by mega-producer Rudy Van Gelder, this reissue of Jobim's 'Wave' blends in a perfect mix of downtempo, romantic tunes with upbeat tracks that bring out the best in Bossa Nova from the father of the genre himself, for the new generation and those who heard the music back in the days, to enjoy alike. ... Read more


    17. Tanto Tempo
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    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    Her father may be the legendary Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto, but in 2000 daughter Bebel proved that she understands the bossa nova, too. There's a subtlety throughout this recording that makes Bebel's voice entrancing, as she re-creates the sensual essence of bossa nova before running with it into electronic territory toward the album's end. Tanto Tempo is an even-tempered statement that manages to showcase Bebel's own sexy voice while gracefully remembering the past. --Karen K. Hugg ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Close your eyes
    I bought "Tanto Tempo" a couple of years ago because I was looking to expand my musical horizons. At the time I was curious to hear what bossa nova was all about so I bought the Bebel Gilberto cd online. I haven't listened to the cd in eons since my musical tastes is constantly changing. On a whim I decided to listen to "Tanto Tempo" recently. For some odd reason, Bebel Gilberto reminds me of last year's break out artist Norah Jones. Her voice is very subtle and never overwhelming (see Celine Dion). The music is very mellow and relaxing to listen to, the perfect soundtrack to hot summer day when all you want to do is lay in the shade and relax with a tall glass of iced tea. Obviously Bebel had to have some influence from her famous father Joao Gilberto, a well known Brazilian guitarist (another similarity to Norah Jones, both have famous fathers). The opening tracks on "Tanto Tempo" really stood out with me. The mellow music and Bebel's gentle vocals totally matched well together and didn't overtake one another. When I first listened to "Tanto Tempo", I really couldn't get into the cd but now that I have been listening to a lot of chill out music, I find myself enjoying Bebel Gilberto's music much more than a couple of years ago. The perfect music to listen to on a lazy Sunday morning while reading the newspaper and drinking a glass of orange juice or a hot steaming cup of coffee.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Aural Sunshine
    I checked this album out on a whim because I was familiar with her last name and I am mildly acquainted with the work of her father. After listening to the album in its entirety, I was stunned. Bebel has an amazing, soothing voice that floats over the intricate, layered music beautifully. She takes the samba and bossa nova of her father and his contemporaries and adds the subtle touches of trip -hop and groove music, and the result is amazing. The first track is the album's finest, a breezy, seductive little number that I wish was longer. Other standouts are tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10. This is summer music, the aural equivalent of afternoon sunshine and blue skies. The music will sound brilliant coming from your car stereo or if you're listening on headphones. Her voice is really something to be heard, one of the most striking and relaxing I've heard on record, and there are moments when she will absolutely nail you to the wall. I'm definitely very impressed with Ms. Gilberto and I will be listening to this album a great deal in the next few months.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect background
    I agree with what many previous writers have alluded to: put on Bebel Gilberto's "Tanto Tempo" as the background at any gathering and - before the CD is through - everyone will have asked you what you're playing. The music is infectious and Bebel's voice is lilting, silky and sensuous, a feeling that comes across in either Portuguese or English (the sounds are a mixture of each - sometimes dividing choruses between the two like in the wonderful "August Day Song"). In fact, you'll probably get hooked by the most approachable songs, like the English language "So Nice (Summer Samba)" but then learn to love the Portuguese-penned tunes as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tanto Temptress
    There is a certain kind of mid- to late-summer day that is characterized by hazy sunshine, warm, languid breezes that seem to carry a whiff of the salty sea and cool, mellow music playing somewhere in the background on a radio. That music has got to be "Tanto Tempo," the official soundtrack of lazy summer afternoons. Bebel Gilberto brings a somewhat more modern sensibility to the samba sounds of her legendary father, Joao Gilberto, but she is no heretic. "Tanto Tempo" is not a tricked up, "pop-ified" version of Brazilian music. It's authentic. But this is the sound of the new samba generation, and it's as bracing and refreshing as a cocktail on the beach. Put this disc on when you have friends over for a summer picnic or an evening martini mixer. I guarantee that by the time the evening is over everyone will have asked you "who is this on the stereo?" and you will have helped Bebel sell a few more copies of this terrific work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bebel - an unexpected surprise
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    As a practitioner of the Latin arts, Bebel Gilberto shines.

    I first heard her coming through the stereo one summer's afternoon in a small wine bar overlooking the bay.

    There's something about the beach, summer and Latin music - it's as though they are part of the same sensuous experience. I had never heard of Bebel Gilberto before (although I knew of her famous father) but I was hooked.

    On Tanto Tempo, she recasts the spell of a bygone era with simplicity, elegance and style.

    She rediscovers and reinterprets her Brazilian roots with freshness and a new millennium feel.

    But yet there's also something familiar and reassuring here - the samba of the 60s with its gentle, romantic nuances and its soft Latin undercurrents.

    Tanto Tempo proves that sometimes the more things change the more they remain the same.

    FIVE STARS for this beautiful and totally unexpected set. ... Read more


    18. Un Viaje [Bonus CD & DVD]
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    Asin: B00080Z5W0
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 1835
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Mexican trio Cafe Tacuba celebrates 15 years of making--and often revolutionizing--Spanish rock with Un Viaje. This lush, luxurious live set includes three discs of music and one electrifying DVD. (Separate versions are also available, but this generous edition is the most satisfying and is moderately priced.) The group has culled the best moments from a two-night stand in Oct. 2004 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, and the results are consistently electric. Every song, every rhythm, every guitar lick, every laugh is important, a not-to-be-missed moment. Cafe Tacuba's potent mix of music and message is a powerful thing, and the group thrives in its unflinchingly earnest, sweetly sincere approach to its art. Even during backstage interviews and recording studio hijinks, each member seems wholly pleased to be a part of the process. Throughout the proceedings, Cafe Tacuba's ardent fans thank them with hoots, hollers and constant singalongs to almost every song, making Un Viaje a joyous trip for everyone involved. --Joey Guerra ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars bueno, k puedo decir!
    aun no tengo el cd/dvd en mis manos, pero si he escuchado las rolas, y k mas se podria esperar?? esta excelente, ah y esperen a escuchar el unplugged! a cafe tacvba no se le puede categorizar en ningun estilo musical, ya k el suyo es uniko!ah estoy totalmente de acuerdo, 5 estrellas no bastan..yo les daria 4562398456394756398746509182345703486730948568...y mas y mucho mas

    5-0 out of 5 stars proven talent!!
    i usually don't by any new artists material
    allthough it is tempting to get the latest
    craze, the hot song of the moment.
    this band has gotten better and better
    this i will be proud to collect! so cheap it hurts$
    and put it with my beatles,u2,ledzeppelin,soda estereo
    and other precious music that i proudly own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ¡Ojalá que los anglosajones conozcan a los Tacubos!
    Unos dias antes de la grabación des estos discos en la Ciudad de México yo vi a los Tacubos en el 'Shepherds Bush Empire' (Londres, Inglaterra).Que lástima que los anglosajones no conozcan a los Tacubos. Mi mujer y yo eramos los solos gringos, más o menos.Toda la población mexicana de la capital británica estaba allí.¿Dónde estaban los ingleses? ¡Que vergüenza!

    Café Tacuba are the greatest, most original, most intelligent and also the funniest band in the world, bar none.Their post-modernist take on a whole variety of musical genres, be theyrock, mariachi, tango, punk or son, is as addictive as it is refreshing, and until you actually get to hear it, it's almost impossible to describe, but what better introduction than this CD/DVD set.And at $14.99 what a deal!

    The concert is beautifully planned.They start with some beautifully melodic quasi Mexican numbers and then we hear those brash synthesizer chords that herald 'cero y uno', and everyone goes wild (as we did here in London, except, sadly, what I mean is that the Mexicans in London went wild, because the Brits were all at home watching TV).Thereafter, the collection never disappoints.I particularly enjoy 'El baile y el salón' - 'Nos besamos bailando.....'It's a lovely lyric and one hell of a tune, but it's hard to single out any one magical moment, because there are so many.

    Café Tacuba epitomizes the vibrancy, intelligence and originality of modern Mexican culture.What Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were to the visual arts the Tacubos are to music, so why are they practically unknown outside their homeland?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing box set!
    This is the first Cafe Tacuba's live release and it exceeds expectations. The group is amazing performing live, indeed this concert has great video edition and excellent sound. I would not get tired of say that this is the best latin american group. They mix all kind of rhythms and genres in order to create exceptional music. I recomend fully this box set for everyone, even the people have not listened them yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ¡¡Cinco estrellas no bastan!!
    Por lo general lo que oigo es rock pesado, muy pesado.Pero Cafe Tacuba siempre me ha gustado.Cuando leí en la prensa el lanzamiento de su cd en vivo, no dude en irlo a buscar.Y la verdad, vale cada centavo que pagué por él.Claro, como habrán leido en las anteriores opiniones, es una verdadera ganga (tres cds y un dvd por solo 14.99).Y si le añadimos que lo escucharán una y otra vez y otra vez y otra vez, pues... que mas puedo decir.Como dije, cinco estrellas no bastan para describir este grandioso trabajo. ... Read more


    19. Andrea Echeverri
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Intentionally or not, Andrea Echeverri's self-titled solo disc plays like a natural sequel to Julieta Venegas's Si. It's a comparison that both helps and hinders Echeverri, best-known as the lead vocalist for Colombian rock heroes Aterciopelados. All 12 tracks (and a bonus remix of "A Eme O") ride a mid-tempo, chill-out groove, anchored by Echeverri's thoughtful vocal work. And like Venegas's outing, Echeverri's album is a marked difference from earlier work, leaving behind crunchy rock guitars for lullaby-like arrangements and soulful grooves. But whereas the commercial appeal of Venegas's Si had the taste of a calculated career move, Echeverri's work seems like a natural extension of her musical instincts. In fact, the album touches on Echeverri's recent pregnancy and the joys of motherhood, which gives the album the wistful, personal feel of a love letter.--Joey Guerra ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant...
    Maybe 2 1/2 stars, actually.A pleasant album, but disappointing to me.I miss the fire and drive of "Pipa de la Paz", for example.Has motherhood killed her spirit?Why not step up the tempo for at least a couple of cuts?This becomes almost dreary after a while.Maybe the moms will like it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A true artist that sings from the soul...
    Unlike the pop quality of Julieta Venegas Si, this album is not like any of her previous albums with Aterciopelados, in that it contains whimsical electronic yet folk-style musical arrangements and isn't saturated with pop-like sounds as in Julieta Venegas Si. Andrea reflects maturity and passion in her lyrics and conveys a much deeper and intimate portrayal of herself as a woman in love with life, her partner, and mainly her new born child. She almost reveals her deepest secrets and is allowing the listener to experience the joy she feels about being in love. Although, it is an album that may cater more for a female listener, as a male, I have to appreciate her voice, her talent, and her artistic proposal, which allows me to enjoy the album and be moved by it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Work To Appreciate (And Respect)
    When I saw the "A Eme O" video on MTV Español it was so moving to see a mother with her child on a bicycle singing so sweetly. There is something so pure and beautiful about this entire work. Far from some of the rehashed American pop sounds that sometimes appear in modern latin music, this is original with sensual and happy sounds and intelligent lyrics sometimes humorous sometimes con ganas a llorar, there are only a few artist that can do that to me. Being a man I must say ANYONE who has heart can be very moved by this album and it is easy for me to understand how this great artist could make Latinas Proud, and with good reason. Envié este CD a mi Novia, me encanta!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the ULTIMATE Latin female album
    I had heard a lot about this album and when I got it, I was happy to find that the songs moved me in a way that I cant describe. It made me feel lucky and proud to be a Latina. Andrea's lyrics really hit home and struck a nerve. I look forward to hearing it again and again and also hearing the next Aterciopelados album.

    I cant believe what the guy below wrote. It seemed so mean spirited.- had to be a guy (!). I normally dont write in and leave reviews but his comments got me boliing.Buy this album - support proud great music - music that just happens to be made by a Latina.Pa'lante mija !

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worst album of the year
    This album is horrid, Aterciopelados was a ok band that went from good to worst, in Caribe Atomico they were at their peak creatively, but now this album is nothing more than a shrine to this woman's ego.

    I would give it zero stars if possible, please better check other options like Julieta Venegas or Ely Guerra, don't waste your money on this. ... Read more


    20. Gran Hotel Buenos Aires
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    Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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    Young Argentine guitarist Federico Aubele became transfixed with the music of Astor Piazzolla even as he listened to the cool lounge sounds of Thievery Corporation and the Six Degrees label. Incredibly, he put these influences together for an exceptional debut album entitled Gran Hotel Buenos Aires. It's produced by the Thievery guys, but one gets the sense that this really came from Aubele. He surrounds his downtempo beats delicate acoustic guitar figures, an array of sexy women singers (all vocals are in Spanish), and a rich tapestry of sounds and tones. Pushing flamenco and various styles of Latin music to the fore, he also draws upon dub and ambient, and it's the grace of this hip fusion that puts Aubelle up there with such genre benders as Manu Chao and the Gotan Project. Highlights include the upbeat "Ante Tus Ojos" and the rich Latin groove "Esta Noche," but the album is strong from beginning to finish. A truly impressive first effort.--Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars hypnotic music
    Federico Aubele's album on ESL comes as a refreshing twist in the downtempo/international music scene. Taking guitar-rich songs from his native Argentina, packing them onto the thievery-built sonic cruiser and stopping off in Kingston to drench it all in dub.

    There are plenty of dub records out there, and plenty more from Argentina, but this may be worth your time if you dig mellow, haunting downtempo songs with both live and sampled vocals. Good music for chillin'.

    The one drawback, I guess, is that this music can seem too-much like wallpaper or fashion music. But taken as part of a deep collection of music or for inclusion in mixes - I'd say this record rates as a classic of its genre. B+

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great album from ESL
    Thievery corp have chosen another winner!

    Federico's album is lush - full of downtempo, dubby sounds with a latin flair. Love the guitar work on all the tracks!

    1-0 out of 5 stars GOOD CD BUT OVER PRODUCED
    The Thievery Corp guys try to steal the album from Federico Aubele whom when left alone to play the guitar is spectacular.
    All he songs start off the same and it becomes boring after the second cut, too much going on most of the songs, I bought this cd after listening to Los Amigos Invisibles produced by M.A.W. and was really looking forward to a Thievery produced cd.
    I BEEN ROBBED.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Check out this CD
    I first heard of Federico on the latest ESL compilation Den of Thieves. I loved the track "Postales" by him so I picked up this cd. I was amazed; his tracks really get your attention. It's a mix of groovy guitar, sensuous lyrics, and mellow drums. This cd is at its climax when they throw in a trumpet as well. I strongly believe that fans of most genres will enjoy this cd.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another great album from ESL!
    Take 1 part Up, Bustle, & Out....1 part Gotan project...and 1 part Theivery Corp. And you get Federico Aubele! This album is smooth from start to finish! Great beats, & other worldly vocals.
    ESL can do no wrong!! ... Read more


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