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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The most notable exponents of flamenco-rock don't aren't Spanish at all -- the Gipsy Kings, that venerable troupe of rumba rounders, are based in southern France. More specific to Spain is the branch of the family that has produced legendary Gypsy rockers Peret, Los Chichos, Las Grecas, Ketama, Kiko Veneno, and, in 2001, Estopa. Brothers David and José Manuel Muñoz, hail from Cornellá, outside of Barcelona, the birthplace of Catalan rumba, and mix the machine-gun strumming of flamenco guitars with hungry rock rhythms and a salty vocal snarl. When they get soulful, as they do on their runaway Spanish hit "Tu Calorro," it's in Iberian fashion, through the unfettered ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The most notable exponents of flamenco-rock don't aren't Spanish at all -- the Gipsy Kings, that venerable troupe of rumba rounders, are based in southern France. More specific to Spain is the branch of the family that has produced legendary Gypsy rockers Peret, Los Chichos, Las Grecas, Ketama, Kiko Veneno, and, in 2001, Estopa. Brothers David and José Manuel Muñoz, hail from Cornellá, outside of Barcelona, the birthplace of Catalan rumba, and mix the machine-gun strumming of flamenco guitars with hungry rock rhythms and a salty vocal snarl. When they get soulful, as they do on their runaway Spanish hit "Tu Calorro," it's in Iberian fashion, through the unfettered wails of Chonchi Heredia and a battery of rattling palmas that bring to mind the shattering syncopation of a Gypsy flamenco juerga. Elsewhere, as on "Tan Solo," the brothers can pull off a ballad with after-hours polish, highlighted by saxophones and electric piano. Those who've been to Catalunya will recognize the bleary-eyed effects of la marcha -- the nonstop Barcelona party ethic -- in the music of Estopa; neophytes will find their interest piqued by this unique hybrid of the Gipsy Kings and the Clash, redolent with the grit of Spain's rugged North. If you're thirsty for a bracing shot of contemporary Spanish rock, this is your stop.
All Music Guide - Jenny Gage
There's really nothing like a live flamenco performance. Conceivably, you could compare it to jazz, which also has a tendency to split open an old familiar melody and pull out something you never in a million years would have expected to find lurking there inside, but if, and only if, there were a lot of extra folks milling around -- someone keeping time on a hollow box, singers and dancers wearing extravagant polka dots and fringe and high-heeled tap shoes, and others who might be singers or dancers or musicians, or maybe just people clapping out tightly syncopated rhythms and shouting ¡Olé! as they wait for a bus. As your eyes adjust to the dim light, you start picking out a certain swarthy, probably familial resemblance, and watching for the subtle cues, or llamadas, tossed from dancer to musician to singer so that they all know, even if you still have no idea, that the pretty young things are fixing to pick the hearts they've trampled back up off of the floor, fold their fans, silence their castanets, and listen to their grandma or grandpa show them the true fury of a lover spurned. It's like finding yourself in the middle of a bullfight except that nobody actually gets killed. And even if you're very familiar with the form, Estopa's eponymous flamenco-pop debut is going to catch you off guard. The winsome young brothers from Barcelona know their way around a minor key, and they've got that plaintive wail down, the vigorous strumming, the musical nods to bygone legends like José "El Camarón" Monje Cruz ; still, there's something playfully subversive going on here. Did the singer really just say that on account of the slit in your skirt, he crashed into a Seat Panda? Why, yes, he did. Things can get a little dull on the assembly line, so back when David and Jose Muñoz were still soldering engines and molding fenders for the Seat Panda -- Spain's answer to the K-car -- they started writing songs about the lives they wished they had and playing them for an ever-widening group of friends and fans by night. "Look sharp! Put a spit shine on that machine!" a supervisor purportedly nagged, and even this suggestion made its way into their winning mix: an estopa is a cleaning rag. You could guess the rest. A homemade demo made it into the hands of an influential agent at BMG International, and they became superstars. But you really can't get a sense of how infectious, intelligent, and innovative their music is until you give Estopa a listen. Sway and snake your arms above your head to "Tu Calorro." Snarl and take a drag on your cigarette like a gypsy Tom Waits to "Poquito a Poco." Feel your hips flirting with salsa as the boys recount an improbable dream involving a blonde and a casino in "Suma y Sigue," and howl like the junkyard dog you claim to be in "El del Medio de los Chichos." Unless you live in Spain it might be awhile before you take in on one of those live performances -- tour dates support the perception that the Muñoz brothers believe there's no place like home -- so you definitely don't want to miss this extraordinary first taste of what could well be your next favorite band. ¡Venga!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2001
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 743218393822
  • Catalog Number: 09650
  • Sales rank: 93,428

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tu Calorro (3:22)
  2. 2 La Raja de Tu Faloa (3:38)
  3. 3 Me Falta el Aliento (4:29)
  4. 4 Tan Sólo (3:02)
  5. 5 Poquito a Poco (3:14)
  6. 6 Suma Y Sigue (3:47)
  7. 7 El del Medio de los Chichos (3:22)
  8. 8 Como Camarón (3:15)
  9. 9 Exiliado en el Lavabo (3:35)
  10. 10 Estopa (2:35)
  11. 11 Cacho a Cacho (3:12)
  12. 12 Bossanova
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Estopa Primary Artist
Francisco Amat Electric Guitar, Keyboards, 12-string Guitar, Coros
Chonchi Heredia Vocals
Efrain Toro Percussion
Sergio Castillo Percussion, Bateria
Paco Bastante Bajo Sexto
Ludovico Vagnone Electric Guitar
Alfonso Perez Piano, Organo
Juan Maya spanish guitar, Palmas
Antonio Serrano Harmonica
Technical Credits
Francisco Amat Programming
Sergio Castillo Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will enjoy every minute of it

    love Estopa and there Rumba rock this CD is one of the best that i have heard from any Spanish speaking band... I really really recommemded..You will love every minute of it.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A lot of young Spanish hart an explosion of grate sounds!!!!

    El Lavabo and Tan solo if you been out and misbehaving the night before you listen to this songs you will feel the lyrics, my favorite is Tu Calorro and El Del Medio De los Chichos there is a lot of hart felt real life like lyrics in this songs, an explosion of great sounds with spanish spice !!!! I want to see them live!!!!

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