Imaginaries

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
A band based in East Los Angeles, Quetzal seek to "create good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of Chicanas and Chicanos of East Los Angeles and their kindred spirits, locally and around the globe." They generally succeed in both of those goals, though not evenly across all songs. The album opens with a beautiful 5/4 composition that blends the two purposes handily: with a deceptively light touch and tight harmonies, "2+0+1+2=Cinco" proposes a future environmental dystopia; "Time Will Tell" and the spectacular "Luz y Miel" are similarly well-crafted songs that pair a message of social uplift with a compelling musical concept. But when ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
A band based in East Los Angeles, Quetzal seek to "create good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of Chicanas and Chicanos of East Los Angeles and their kindred spirits, locally and around the globe." They generally succeed in both of those goals, though not evenly across all songs. The album opens with a beautiful 5/4 composition that blends the two purposes handily: with a deceptively light touch and tight harmonies, "2+0+1+2=Cinco" proposes a future environmental dystopia; "Time Will Tell" and the spectacular "Luz y Miel" are similarly well-crafted songs that pair a message of social uplift with a compelling musical concept. But when things fall flat, the thud can be pretty loud. On the lyrical side, there's the inexcusably mean-spirited "Duérmete," in which a "cynical man" gets his apparently just reward by being hit by a bus; despite its infectious son montuno beat, the song is just nasty. And one doesn't have to be a political reactionary to be a little bit discomfited by the uncritically supportive "Intifada," nor does one have to be a starry-eyed romantic to be dismayed that the message of "Todo Lo Que Tengo" -- a simple and tenderly gorgeous song of romantic devotion and commitment -- is tempered in the album's liner notes by carefully correct politics: "The individual is important to the marriage and/or community, but not at its expense." The band's forays into 1970s-style soul-funk "Witness," particularly are also pretty underwhelming, tending to privilege dense harmonies and starry-eyed Aquarian lyrics over discernible melodies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074056325
  • Catalog Number: 40563
  • Sales rank: 235,940

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 2+0+1+2=Cinco (4:37)
  2. 2 Imaginaries (2:51)
  3. 3 Estoy Aquí (5:23)
  4. 4 Time Will Tell (5:20)
  5. 5 Luz Y Miel (5:09)
  6. 6 Witness (3:34)
  7. 7 Tragafuegos (3:36)
  8. 8 Duérmete (5:38)
  9. 9 Dreamers, Schemers (3:08)
  10. 10 Intifada (3:41)
  11. 11 Por Eso (5:13)
  12. 12 Todo Lo Que Tengo (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Quetzal Primary Artist
Cesar Castro Requinto
Quincy McCrary Organ, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes, Finger Snapping
Juan Perez Bass, Ampeg Baby Bass, Guitar (Resonator)
Quetzal Flores Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Jarana, Pandeiro, Bajo Sexto, Requinto, Quijada, Doble, Segunda
Rocío Marron Violin, Viola
Tylana Enomoto Violin, Vocals
Andy Mendoza Drums, Timbales
Dante Pascuzzo Bass, Leona
Edson Gianesi Cymbals, Triangle, Berimbau, Caxixi, Pandeiro, Snare Drums, Agogo, Blocks, Agogo Bell, Brushes
Kiko Cornejo Timbales
Peter Jacobsen Cello
Martha González Vocals, Chekere, Cajon, Finger Snapping, Group Member
Alex Chadsey fender rhodes
Gabriel González Vocals
Kiko Cornejo Jr. Drums, Timbales
Camilo Moreno Conga, Maracas, Guira, cowbell, Guiro, Campana, Maracones, Tambor Alegre, Llamador
Sandino González-Flores Vocals
Francisco Huete Drums
Cava González Vocals
Tonantzin Flores-Ramírez Violin
Technical Credits
Richard James Burgess Director, Marketing
Quincy McCrary Composer
Juan Perez Composer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Pete Reiniger Engineer
Quetzal Flores Composer, Producer, Engineer
Rocío Marron Composer
Tylana Enomoto Composer
D.A. Sonneborn Executive Producer
Dante Pascuzzo Composer
Edson Gianesi Composer
Peter Jacobsen Composer
Russell Rodriguez Liner Notes
Sonya Cohen Cramer Layout
Margot Nassau Licensing
Martha González Composer, Annotation
Mark Gustafson Marketing
Juan Díes Spanish Translation
Laura Rebolloso Composer
Betty Derbyshire Financial Director
John Smith Marketing
David Horgan Marketing
Jose Ramirez Cover Art
Daniel E. Sheehy Producer, Executive Producer
Gabriel González Composer
León García Web Design
Laura Dion Marketing
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