Chavela Vargas [Warner]

Chavela Vargas [Warner]

by Chavela Vargas
     
 

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Now in her 80s, Chavela Vargas is the grande dame of Mexican music, which means she deserves a spot in the pantheon of female vocalists alongside the likes of Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, and Cesaria Evora. A singer of rancheras, the mournful, sentimental ballads that have come to characterize Mexican music, Vargas is able to transform a sentimental lyric into a

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Now in her 80s, Chavela Vargas is the grande dame of Mexican music, which means she deserves a spot in the pantheon of female vocalists alongside the likes of Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, and Cesaria Evora. A singer of rancheras, the mournful, sentimental ballads that have come to characterize Mexican music, Vargas is able to transform a sentimental lyric into a white-hot image of pain and perseverance. Vargas retired in 1979 after years battling alcoholism. Her career was resuscitated by the interest of filmmakers Werner Herzog and Pedro Almodovar. The former cast her in "A Cry of Stone", the latter became an ardent fan and popularized Vargas throughout Spain, featuring her songs in the soundtrack to his film "Tacones Lejanos" (High Heels). On stage, her vocal ornamentations appear drunken and threaten to veer out of control; Vargas identifies with La Llorona, the ghostly wailing woman of Mexican myth. Devastating.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Terry Jenkins
WEA International's Chavela Vargas is another fine installment in her '90s comeback. Vargas may be past her prime, but she nevertheless can sing, as she proves on this album. There are a few weak spots, to be sure, but it's simply a joy to hear her sing.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/1998
Label:
Wea Int'l
UPC:
0706301855522
catalogNumber:
18555
Rank:
85341

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