Re

Re

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by Café Tacvba
     
 
Despite the now perennial hoopla proclaiming rock en español the "next big thing," Mexico has been rocking for more than 20 years. But only recently has the country produced original talents able to embrace rock on its own terms. Cafe Tacuba's seminal second album, RE, heralded the new era. Art-school rockers from the Mexico City burbs, the Tacubas imbue

Overview

Despite the now perennial hoopla proclaiming rock en español the "next big thing," Mexico has been rocking for more than 20 years. But only recently has the country produced original talents able to embrace rock on its own terms. Cafe Tacuba's seminal second album, RE, heralded the new era. Art-school rockers from the Mexico City burbs, the Tacubas imbue precise, vulnerable poems with precise, vulnerable instrumentation -- a four piece, they rely on the programming and wind-controlled MIDIs of Meme del Real for beats, live and in the studio. RE's stylistic virtuosity attracted attention outside of Mexico, hopping from polka to punk to boleros to Mexican folkloric rhythms. Diminutive crooner Ruben Albarran (who uses a different pseudonym on each Tacuba album) proved himself capable of delivering a heartrending ballad ("Soledad") as easily as deploying a Boredoms-style noisefest ("El Ciclón"). The combination of layered harmonies and progressively experimental sonic predilections makes RE something of a Mexican answer to the Beach Boys's great, lost SMILE.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Victor W. Valdivia
For Re, Café Tacuba experimented with different styles and sounds, resulting in one of the most wildly varied releases of the '90s. "El Ciclón" is a clavinet-driven funk track that echoes Billy Preston, while "Esa Noche" is a tender ranchero ballad. The raucous "El Borrego," which simultaneously mocks and salutes other Mexican rock acts (Maldita Vecindad gets a name-check), could give Ministry a run for their money in the electro-metal department. If there is a flaw, it's that the band's reach sometimes exceeds its grasp. The album occasionally seems too ambitious, and the songwriting could stand to be a bit more focused; the band's power is sometimes diluted by the diffuse energy. Still, Re proves that Café Tacuba is lyrically and musically more adventurous than most of its '90s peers.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/1994
Label:
Warner Music Latina
UPC:
0745099678425
catalogNumber:
96784

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Performance Credits

Café Tacuba   Primary Artist
Emmanuel   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Renee Grizzell   Flute
Gustavo Santaolalla   Acoustic Guitar
Harry Scorzo   Multi Instruments
Ramon Stagnaro   Requinto
Cielo Y Tierra   Background Vocals,Group
Emmanuel del Ray   Background Vocals,Voices,Multi Instruments
James Mason   Saxophone
Joselo Rangel   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Anibal Kerpel   Engineer
Tony Peluso   Engineer
Gustavo Santaolalla   Producer

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Not just because I love spanish rock, but this CD is great some songs are fast others slow that it makes everyone great happy. They are even better when they preform live.