Proxima Estacion: Esperanza

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
We all know what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. But when the supremely movable Manu Chao -- the musical nomad who claimed to be "lost in the century" on his sleeper 1998 hit Clandestino -- meets the unyielding forces of time and aging, the results are far more subtle. The former provocateur behind the influential French band Mano Negra made fervid musical miscegenation his hallmark in the '80s. Punk rock, Latin rhythm, Arabic folk songs, African chants, country music, and more collided in the high-energy hybrid that stoked the Latin alternative scene from Spain to Mexico to Argentina. Clandestino, Chao's first post-Mano Negra effort after ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
We all know what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. But when the supremely movable Manu Chao -- the musical nomad who claimed to be "lost in the century" on his sleeper 1998 hit Clandestino -- meets the unyielding forces of time and aging, the results are far more subtle. The former provocateur behind the influential French band Mano Negra made fervid musical miscegenation his hallmark in the '80s. Punk rock, Latin rhythm, Arabic folk songs, African chants, country music, and more collided in the high-energy hybrid that stoked the Latin alternative scene from Spain to Mexico to Argentina. Clandestino, Chao's first post-Mano Negra effort after a few years spent wandering through Africa and Latin America, revealed a more intimate side. Delicately assembled from acoustic tracks recorded all over the world, the album featured a dreamlike repetition of rhymes, melodies, and imagery. Flash forward three years to Proxima EstaciĆ³n: Esperanza -- Chao has gotten older and wiser, and for the first time, he seems to have settled down -- and that's not a bad thing at all. As its title "Next Stop: Hope" -- it's a Spanish subway recording indicates, it's sunnier and more playful than Clandestino, even as it continues Chao's acoustic-based, roving-reporter method of songwriting. The samples mostly hail from Chao's new turf, Barcelona, where his Pakistani neighbors, his Brazilian friends, and even the dogs barking in the alley all find their way into his songs, as do the melodies from Clandestino itself. Whimsical wordplay and clever samples abound; and the childlike melodies indeed make for fine children's music provided the tots speak English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Arabic, to Chao's professed delight. Esperanza may lack the breathtaking novelty of its iconoclastic predecessor and the existensial moodiness of the eternal wanderer. But Manu Chao at home is still Manu Chao, and that means you can count on a sonic journey unlike any other.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • Label: Dbn Records
  • EAN: 5051442881554
  • Catalog Number: 4288155
  • Sales rank: 280,484

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Manu Chao Primary Artist
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