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Posted October 21, 2010
i never heard of Lila, until one day just checking out the cd's at Barnes; i heard a couple of songs and i felt in love with her style and her music! she is great!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Lila Downs Superstar
I have recently been to her new-CD-splash at the Town Hall in New York City - believe me, all the songs from the album work also fantastically during live performance -especially since they are presented by an exceptional artist with a band, voice, 'magnetisme' and stage presence as only a tiny handful of people have anymore these days. Clearly this album will be a cornerstone in Lila's career - she composed most of the songs together with Paul - this is world music taken to the next level of exilaration and universality, but without losing any of her roots. And thus while the music takes you into the rhytmical and lyrical (Lila IS a poet! - Just listen to the interlude in " Skeleton" ) stratosphere, the words and themes remain as down to earth, relevant and heartfelt as ever: She sings about immgrants in the U.S. at a time when the U.S. Government forces families to split by sending illegal parents home and having the U.S. born sons and daughters remain she sings about faulty politicians who give us only piecemeals of the truth (" Tacos de palabras" ) at a time when the U.S. wages wars or provokes conflicts with other countries under false pretenses, and she sings about her love for change and moving on (" Ojo de culebra" , " Shake away" ) when many people in the U.S. seems stuck with minds in the past. She reiterates important social themes and remains a strong advocate for human rights everywhere, but especially in her native Oaxaca, Mexico. This is an album for the ages, and the culmination of a long and surprisingly uncompromising musical career - bravo Lila -hope you will never get tired, and you will continue to inspire us and make the rest of us want to be better persons ourselves. Though as good as yourself, we can never be! Cheers. Erste Sahne - Fuenf Sterne!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.