Leon

El Leon

by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
     
 

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El Leon is a transitional album. Throughout the album, it's clear the Fabulosos Cadillacs are slowly developing their fusion of rock, reggae, and Latin music. While tracks such as "Carnaval Toda La Vida" and "Gitana" are lightweight salsa, there are attempts at weightier material. A cover of Ruben Blades' "Desapariciones," a song about the victims of

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El Leon is a transitional album. Throughout the album, it's clear the Fabulosos Cadillacs are slowly developing their fusion of rock, reggae, and Latin music. While tracks such as "Carnaval Toda La Vida" and "Gitana" are lightweight salsa, there are attempts at weightier material. A cover of Ruben Blades' "Desapariciones," a song about the victims of Argentina's military dictatorship, is the album's most affecting number. The title cut (done in two versions: reggae and salsa) depicts an urban hell in vivid terms. Musically, the band has begun to toughen up the sound too. "Soledad" has guitar lines that could have been lifted from a U2 track. "Cartas, Flores Y Un Punal" is a witty parody of a new wave song, complete with mock-gothic lyrics and synth and guitar lines that echo early '80s acts like the English Beat. While El Leon is not as incandescent as later records, the quality of the songwriting makes it worth hearing.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0886973291320
catalogNumber:
732913
Rank:
148760

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fabulosos Cadillacs   Primary Artist
Luis Conte   Bongos,Timbales,Caxixi,Shekere,Cencerro
Paulinho Da Costa   Tambourine,Timbales,Cuica,Shaker,Zurna
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Gustavo Santaolalla   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Coros
Steve Sykes   Mezafono
Fernando Ricciardi   Bongos,Timbales,Bateria,Cencerro
Sergio Rotman   Alto Saxophone,Berimbau,Coros
Vaino Rigozzi   Electric Guitar,Coros
Dany Lozano   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Daren Klein   Engineer
KC Porter   Art Direction
Benny Faccone   Engineer
Sergio Rotman   Composer
Ruben Vasquez   Graphic Design
Flavio Oscar Cianciarulo   Composer
Gabriel Fernandez Capello   Composer
Horacio Gallo   Graphic Design

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