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All Music Guide - John Bush
Lila Downs' second release for Narada World reflects her continuing fascination with Mexican-American border culture. Considering her own mixed heritage she is the child of a Mixtec Indian and an American, Downs has a special interest here, and it shows in the emotional, directed singing of Border La Linea. On the first few tracks, Downs' thick, throaty voice is on a par with the Latina pioneers Lola Beltran or To?a La Negra, but she also displays an enviable range, switching over to thewail of a Mexican countrywoman on "Sale Sobrando" and "Cumbia Maya," then to the pure, heartfelt sound of American country for the moving "Pastures of Plenty/This Land Is Your Land." Though ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Lila Downs' second release for Narada World reflects her continuing fascination with Mexican-American border culture. Considering her own mixed heritage she is the child of a Mixtec Indian and an American, Downs has a special interest here, and it shows in the emotional, directed singing of Border La Linea. On the first few tracks, Downs' thick, throaty voice is on a par with the Latina pioneers Lola Beltran or Toña La Negra, but she also displays an enviable range, switching over to thewail of a Mexican countrywoman on "Sale Sobrando" and "Cumbia Maya," then to the pure, heartfelt sound of American country for the moving "Pastures of Plenty/This Land Is Your Land." Though non-Spanish speaking listeners may not understand the themes Lila Downs deals with, the plangent tones of her voice are reason enough to enjoy Border La Linea.
New York Times
A mezzo-soprano with a three-octave range, a hungry mind and an arresting stage presence...Her songs seem driven by a struggle to break down borders, to create a place in the world that feels like home. And she is singing them in a country where the border is a very big place - where hope springs eternal and is eternally dashed.
Billboard
…one of the most spellbinding voices to grace the world music scene.

…one of the most spellbinding voices to grace the world music scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2001
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724381026526
  • Catalog Number: 10265
  • Sales rank: 359,806

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lila Downs Primary Artist, Vocals, Voices, Spoons, Guiro
Gabriel Hernandez Piano
Aneiro Taño fender rhodes
Alfredo Pino Trumpet
Rodrigo Duarte Cello
Agustin Bernal Acoustic Bass
Paul Cohen Clarinet, Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Tom Legoff Cover Photo
Aneiro Taño Arranger, Producer
Tony Taño Arranger
Jaime Sabines Poetry
Jean B. Smit Engineer
Lila Downs Arranger, Producer, translation, English Translations
Paul Cohen Arranger, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT !!!

    Only and pure EMOTION !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excelente

    Lila posee una voz priviligiada, que alcanza cualquier nivel y a la vez es tan maleable su gusto. Excelente. Por otro lado los temas son de una sensibilidad digna de hacer notar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lilia Downs--Hits Home and Heart

    Lilia Downs truly narrates the story of immigrants in their struggle away from home and their struggle to make a new life in a different land, while not forgetting the homeland. Five stars for this excellent work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    lila downs creates diffrent flavors of music

    Lila downs has a distinctive voice. She can change her range of voice in such a suprising way. Once you start to listen her voice is very alluring!

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