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Lila Downs' Shake Away is easily the most polished and refined release since she released Ofrenda in 1994. By turns, it is also the most ambitious. Co-produced by Downs, longtime collaborators Paul Cohen, Brian Lynch, and Aneiro Taño, these 16 songs (13 plus three bonus cuts) are a wild mix of cumbias, folks songs, rancheras, blues, and rock tunes that are originals and covers. The latter include an excellent and wildly unusual reading of "Black Magic Woman" with songwriter/guitarist Raul Midón. There is a fine version of Paul Buchanan's (of Blue Nile fame) "I Would Never," and a stunning version of Lucinda Williams' "I Envy the Wind" (offered twice -- in Spanish and in ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lila Downs' Shake Away is easily the most polished and refined release since she released Ofrenda in 1994. By turns, it is also the most ambitious. Co-produced by Downs, longtime collaborators Paul Cohen, Brian Lynch, and Aneiro Taño, these 16 songs (13 plus three bonus cuts) are a wild mix of cumbias, folks songs, rancheras, blues, and rock tunes that are originals and covers. The latter include an excellent and wildly unusual reading of "Black Magic Woman" with songwriter/guitarist Raul Midón. There is a fine version of Paul Buchanan's (of Blue Nile fame) "I Would Never," and a stunning version of Lucinda Williams' "I Envy the Wind" (offered twice -- in Spanish and in English) with a fine muted trumpet solo by Brian Lynch. Her jumping take on the traditional "Los Pollos" is sung with Mono Blanco's Gilberto Guiterrez, and on "Justicia," Downs is joined by Spanish rocker Enrique Bunbury. The great Israeli-American jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen also helps out on three cuts. Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega (also known as "Ixaya Mazatzin Tleytól" of Café Tacuba) helps out on her original "Perro Negro" ("Black Dog"), a mystical, folk-drenched polka that references corrupt leaders in Latin America -- but could stand in for them anywhere. That said, the most rewarding collaborative effort on the set is the duet between Downs and the great Mercedes Sosa on Downs' "Tierra de Luz." But duets and collaboration aren't the only focus of this album; in fact, it's a sprawling set of tunes whose reach is almost limitless: "Silent Thunder" employs both reggae and funk but combines them with traditionally informed Mixtec chants. The skittering, scattershot blues of "Minimum Wage" offers a new element in Downs' recorded vocabulary -- with great guitar work by Ken Basman and Juancho Herrera. Downs' band, a sextet that includes Paul Cohen on saxophones and clarinet, the great Mexican multi-instrumentalist Celso Duarte, Rob Curto on accordion, Herrera on guitars, bassist Booker King, Chilean drummer/percussionist Yayo, and Columbian percussionist Samuel Torres prove an international cast of players who all speak Downs' ambitious multi-textural, trans-genre brand of music that, at this messy juncture in history, blurs all the lines to offer a massively appealing aural entity. Despite her wide-reaching compositions, and the referencing of American and British pop artists, Downs is no less political, and makes no compromises. One listen to her originals confirms and underscores this. This is the record we've been waiting for from Downs; it succeeds on all fronts and deepens her canon immeasurably.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • UPC: 094639243723
  • Catalog Number: 92437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Man (3:46)
  2. 2 Ojo de Culebra - Mari DeChambao (4:03)
  3. 3 Minimum Wage (4:08)
  4. 4 Perro Negro - Ixaya Mazatzin Tleytól (3:01)
  5. 5 Yo Envidio el Viento (3:45)
  6. 6 Skeleton (3:02)
  7. 7 Black Magic Woman (3:12)
  8. 8 I Would Never (4:44)
  9. 9 Justicia (4:28)
  10. 10 Taco de Palabras (3:04)
  11. 11 Los Pollos (3:16)
  12. 12 Tierra de Luz (3:39)
  13. 13 Silent Thunder (4:43)
  14. 14 Shake Away (3:43)
  15. 15 I Envy the Wind (3:46)
  16. 16 Nothing But the Truth (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lila Downs Primary Artist
Brian Lynch Trumpet, Alto Horn
Clark Gayton Trombone, Tuba
Raul Midón Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gilberto Gutierrez Pandeiro, Quijada
Yayo Percussion, Drums
Angel Chacón Acoustic Guitar
Rob Curto Accordion
Samuel Torres Percussion
Anat Cohen Clarinet
Ken Basman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Booker King Bass
Celso Duarte Guitar, Violin, Harp, Jarana, Vihuela, Charango, Zampona, Kenacho
Juancho Herrera Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Cohen Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Lucinda Williams Composer
Brian Lynch Producer, Horn Arrangements
Paul Buchanan Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Dave Darlington Engineer
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Aneiro Taño Producer, Engineer
Traditional Composer
Lila Downs Arranger, Composer, Producer, translation
Jeff Sciortino Cover Photo
Paul Cohen Arranger, Composer, Producer
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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    highly recommended

    i never heard of Lila, until one day just checking out the cd's at Barnes; i heard a couple of songs and i felt in love with her style and her music! she is great!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lila Downs Superstar

    I have recently been to her new-CD-splash at the Town Hall in New York City - believe me, all the songs from the album work also fantastically during live performance -especially since they are presented by an exceptional artist with a band, voice, 'magnetisme' and stage presence as only a tiny handful of people have anymore these days. Clearly this album will be a cornerstone in Lila's career - she composed most of the songs together with Paul - this is world music taken to the next level of exilaration and universality, but without losing any of her roots. And thus while the music takes you into the rhytmical and lyrical (Lila IS a poet! - Just listen to the interlude in &quot Skeleton&quot ) stratosphere, the words and themes remain as down to earth, relevant and heartfelt as ever: She sings about immgrants in the U.S. at a time when the U.S. Government forces families to split by sending illegal parents home and having the U.S. born sons and daughters remain she sings about faulty politicians who give us only piecemeals of the truth (&quot Tacos de palabras&quot ) at a time when the U.S. wages wars or provokes conflicts with other countries under false pretenses, and she sings about her love for change and moving on (&quot Ojo de culebra&quot , &quot Shake away&quot ) when many people in the U.S. seems stuck with minds in the past. She reiterates important social themes and remains a strong advocate for human rights everywhere, but especially in her native Oaxaca, Mexico. This is an album for the ages, and the culmination of a long and surprisingly uncompromising musical career - bravo Lila -hope you will never get tired, and you will continue to inspire us and make the rest of us want to be better persons ourselves. Though as good as yourself, we can never be! Cheers. Erste Sahne - Fuenf Sterne!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprisingly Great Stuff

    I'm the kind of person that usually hates &quot international&quot music, but this I thoroughly enjoyed. Latin rhythms mixed with jazz horns and sexy vocals...I would buy this album just for the gypsy/spanish Ojo de Culebra (track 2) which reminded me of Gogol Bordello and Devotchka. Cool stuff.

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