This collection sets up its political stall right from the very beginning, opening with a speech from Fidel Castro. From there it's a mix of yearning for change under oppressive regimes and calls for brotherhood and peace. Recorded in Cuba during 1967's Summer of Love, the anonymous singers from Argentina, Cuba, Chile, Uruguay and Peru are wonderfully heartfelt, making these fine examples of the nueva cancion movement that swept the continent during the '60s. It was a time of hope, and that's reflected in the earnest sentiments. But even if the golden future didn't come to pass, this snapshot of the way young Latinos saw their world is invaluable. Often conveyed in metaphor, as in “Coplas de Pajarito” ("The Little Bird's Complaint"), there's a touching earnestness about the songs here, outrage mixed with naïveté, that makes them very human and appealing; idealism, it seems, once covered all the Americas.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
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By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
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By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
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By John Schaefer on 11.24.14 in Reviews
In this 50th-anniversary romp through Terry Riley's In C, a brilliant ensemble of Malian musicians (mostly playing traditional instruments) joins forces with Damon Albarn, the globetrotting frontman of Blur and Gorillaz;...