Treinta Días

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
From their earliest days as a scruffy punky quartet issuing their debut EP with individually hand-painted covers, Los Angeles' La Santa Cecilia have garnered excitement for their records and storied live gigs, whether playing at home or touring in Mexico. Along with a handful of other Latin alternative rock acts, they have made genre and language boundaries -- regional and international -- elastic, without watering down their own instantly identifiable sound. Treinta Días, the band's major-label debut, is more sophisticated and diverse than anything they've previously issued -- but is no less danceable. The original quartet -- vocalist La ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
From their earliest days as a scruffy punky quartet issuing their debut EP with individually hand-painted covers, Los Angeles' La Santa Cecilia have garnered excitement for their records and storied live gigs, whether playing at home or touring in Mexico. Along with a handful of other Latin alternative rock acts, they have made genre and language boundaries -- regional and international -- elastic, without watering down their own instantly identifiable sound. Treinta Días, the band's major-label debut, is more sophisticated and diverse than anything they've previously issued -- but is no less danceable. The original quartet -- vocalist La Marisoul, bassist Alex Bendaña, accordion
equinto player Pepe Carlos, and percussionist Miguel "Oso" Ramírez -- have a handful of killer session guests helping them to flesh things out here. Opener "Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles" finds La Marisoul wedding gospel to flamenco; Carlos knows that blues is what links them and builds a bridge with his accordion. He gets punchy rhythmic help from percussionist Ramírez, Bendaña, and guest Jeff Babko on B-3 (he plays vibes and trombone elsewhere here). Cumbia meets ranchera and Latin pop in the jaunty "Monedita," a track that, despite its brevity, captures all the complexities of La Marisoul's musical personality. On "Cuchara," cumbia jumps in with banda and rock & roll -- dig Andy Abad's surf guitars! Elvis Costello makes a vocal appearance on "Losing Game." His and La Marisoul's voices are perfectly balanced in this cinematic, souled-out rock and rumba groove. With its organ, electric guitars, and handclaps urging La Marisoul's deep Latin soul vocal (think Alice Russell meets Joe Bataan), "Falling" is driven by reggae and cumbia backbeats, a gospel backing chorus, and Carlos' requinto. Set closer "ICE-El Hielo" (a play on the acronym for the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is an understated, moving, and militant bossa that portrays the stresses of everyday life for the undocumented inside the U.S. La Santa Cecilia have embraced North American sounds -- rock, hip-hop, soul, blues, etc. -- grafted them onto musical traditions from the rest of the Americas without watering them down, and have created a bold, bouyant, international pop music. Treinta Días is all killer, no filler.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • Label: Universal Latino
  • UPC: 602537361601
  • Catalog Number: 001835702
  • Sales rank: 13,045

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nuestra Señora La Reina De Los Angeles (2:43)
  2. 2 Monedita (3:11)
  3. 3 Cuchara (3:11)
  4. 4 Falling (3:48)
  5. 5 30 Días (2:57)
  6. 6 Losing Game (2:58)
  7. 7 En Fin (3:06)
  8. 8 Ice-El Hielo (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
La Santa Cecilia Primary Artist
Elvis Costello Vocals
Pete Thomas Drums
Jeff Babko Piano, Trombone, Vibes, Hammond B3
Andy Abad Guitar
Cheche Alara Piano
Alex Bendaña Bass, Group Member
Pepe Carlos Requinto, Group Member
Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez Vocals, Group Member
Roger Manning Jr. Keyboards
Miguel "Oso" Ramírez Percussion, Group Member
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer
Claudia Brant Composer
Mike Couzzi Mastering
Sebastián Krys Composer, Producer, Engineer
Humberto Howard Art Direction
Andres Torress Engineer
Alex Bendaña Composer
Miguel Ramírez Composer
Pepe Carlos Composer
Marisol Hernández Composer
Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez Art Direction
Gil Gastellum Management
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