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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    I am still puzzled that Lila Downs is still not a household name in the United States or Europe. This music jearns to be played, it yearns to be heard. If you like the Beatles, if you like strong lyrics like with an Elton John or Bob Dylan, then Lila's music is your home. La Cumbia del mole is her own composition (with hubby Paul Cohen) and is one of the strongest songs of the entire album. It's unique caribean or mediterranean groove remains so irresistable, there is also an english version, where she most passionately sings: "you grind it in M-E-X-I-C-O!. Also her very own "La Teibolera" and Aqua de Rosas are of a unique inviting charme, that has not been heard since her first album La Sandunga. And here, there is lots of competition to talk about on this CD: Songs from Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Felipe Valdes Leal or Alfredo d'Orsay Sotelo, and several traditionals. Highlights of this modernly-hip-approached ranchera music album are, however, the polyphonic Yo ya Me voy and Amarga Navidad. Beauty in its purest form, two haunting examples of the interpretive genius Lila Downs has always been. If there is only one world-music record you ever buy, make it this one! If there are five, include: La Sandunga, Arbol de la Vida, La Linea and Una Sangre.

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