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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, who grew up shuttling between homes in Minnesota and Mexico, caught the attention of the general public with her performance in the film Frida. Those who turn to this album for more of what they heard there won't be disappointed, but they may be a little bit startled by the rhythm loops and subtle electronic effects that weave in and out of the traditional instrumentation over which she sings this wonderful program of Mexican ranchera songs. Downs' dark, smoky voice is the perfect vehicle for these songs, which juxtapose the deep emotion of fado and mariachi music with norteño and tejano influences (notable especially on those songs ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, who grew up shuttling between homes in Minnesota and Mexico, caught the attention of the general public with her performance in the film Frida. Those who turn to this album for more of what they heard there won't be disappointed, but they may be a little bit startled by the rhythm loops and subtle electronic effects that weave in and out of the traditional instrumentation over which she sings this wonderful program of Mexican ranchera songs. Downs' dark, smoky voice is the perfect vehicle for these songs, which juxtapose the deep emotion of fado and mariachi music with norteño and tejano influences (notable especially on those songs that feature the legendary Texas accordionist Flaco Jimenez). Everywhere you turn there are deeper complexities lurking beneath the already complicated surfaces of the songs: the quietly wailing clarinet that follows the distorted guitar solo on "Agua de Rosas"; the ska-funk inflections that are constantly hovering around the edges of "Tu Recuerdo y Yo"; the dubwise phase-shifting effects on "Cumbia del Mole" (a song that explains how to make one of the more popular Mexican sauces, and which is helpfully performed in both Spanish and English versions). On "Arboles de la Barranca" the horns are over the top even by Latin standards, but so what? Over the top is half the fun. Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 094633424821
  • Catalog Number: 34248
  • Sales rank: 14,676

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Cumbia del Mole (4:10)
  2. 2 El Corrido de Tacha "La Teibolera" (3:45)
  3. 3 Agua de Rosas (4:23)
  4. 4 Tu Recuerdo y Yo (3:17)
  5. 5 La Cama de Piedra (4:01)
  6. 6 El Relámpago (3:09)
  7. 7 Penas del Alma (3:30)
  8. 8 La Tequilera (2:45)
  9. 9 Pa' Todo el Año (3:21)
  10. 10 El Centenario (3:05)
  11. 11 La Noche de Mi Mal (2:46)
  12. 12 Arboles de La Barranca (2:56)
  13. 13 La Cumbia del Mole (3:42)
  14. 14 Yo Ya Me Voy (2:48)
  15. 15 Amarga Navidad (4:19)
  16. 16 [Untitled]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lila Downs Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Flaco Jiménez Accordion
Michael Ramos Accordion, Keyboards
Miguel Pena Guitar
Felipe Souza Electric Guitar
Max Baca Bass, Drums, Bajo Sexto
Ernesto "El Canella" Anaya Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Voices, Guitarron, Vihuela, Coro
Aneiro Taño Vocals
Fernando Acosta Clarinet
Moisés Garcia Trumpet
Rodrigo Duarte Cello
Rob Curto Accordion
Booker King Bass
Aaron Cruz Bass
Guilherme Monteiro Guitar, Electric Guitar
Israel Tlaxcaltecatl Trumpet
Celso Duarte Violin, Harp, Coro
Patricia Piñón Percussion
Yayo Serka Percussion, Drums
Paul Cohen Clarinet
Edmar Castaneda Harp
Paul Conrad Tuba, Saxophone
Technical Credits
José Alfredo Jiménez Composer
Flaco Jiménez Arranger
Manue Mora Engineer
Michael Ramos Arranger, Programming
Connie Gage Illustrations
Ernesto "El Canella" Anaya Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Aneiro Taño Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Loop
Albert Leusink Engineer
Traditional Composer
Lila Downs Arranger, Composer, Producer, translation, Audio Production
Betto Arcos translation
Mario Quintero Lara Composer
Guadalupe Galván Poetry
Raul Gatica Poetry
Paul Cohen Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Sascha von Oertzen Engineer
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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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