Children of the Revolution
2003: Malaka Music
An astonishingly talented local 10-member supergroupmy introduction to them was Encarna and Eric performing as a duo at local restaurant Madrid 522, and my friend and I chatted with them afterwards, which was very informative. The range of styles combined or juxtaposed on this CD is impressive: Greek, Arabic, Swing, Flamenco, Klezmer, Rock, and much more. Its just bursting with talent, as are they.
Although I have a strong affinity for Vassilys fine Greek tracks, in which now and then a word I know will register (such as the title of the opening track, which means Good Morning), its surprisingly Mariposas (Butterflies) which grooves me best here, even though Yva Las Vegasss voice is a little quacky to my ear (her intensity, however, is glorious throughout her tracks). Mariposas is a fantastic fusion of flamenco and rock, especially wonderful because it establishes the former first with all its intense poignancy and drama before translating its exuberance into first a tasty rocking extension and later a full-on electric-guitar-driven form. And through all of this it retains the episodic structure and sonic lighting that makes flamenco so visually engaging even when youre only hearing it.
The Django Reinhardt tribute track is delightfully silly, the title track is a beautiful mostly-instrumental journey, and Bu Sene is smoky and mysterious. Really The Road Song is the only full misstep (tedious rap), with Take Me Home just after it unfortunately featuring a limp childrens choir singalong (to me thats the musical equivalent of fingernails scraping a chalkboard).
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Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.