Border (La Linea)

Border (La Linea)

by Lila Downs
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Border (La Linea)

Lila Downs' second release for Narada World reflects her continuing fascination with Mexican-American border culture. Considering her own mixed heritage (she is the child of a Mixtec Indian and an American), Downs has a special interest here, and it shows in the emotional, directed singing of Border (La Linea). On the first few tracks, Downs' thick, throaty voice is on a par with the Latina pioneers Lola Beltran or Toña La Negra, but she also displays an enviable range, switching over to thewail of a Mexican countrywoman on "Sale Sobrando" and "Cumbia Maya," then to the pure, heartfelt sound of American country for the moving "Pastures of Plenty/This Land Is Your Land." Though non-Spanish speaking listeners may not understand the themes Lila Downs deals with, the plangent tones of her voice are reason enough to enjoy Border (La Linea).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2001
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724381026526
catalogNumber: 10265

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lila Downs   Primary Artist,Vocals,Voices,Spoons,Guiro
Gabriel Hernandez   Piano
Aneiro Taño   fender rhodes
Alfredo Pino   Trumpet
Rodrigo Duarte   Cello
Agustin Bernal   Acoustic Bass
Paul Cohen   Clarinet,Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tom Legoff   Cover Photo
Aneiro Taño   Arranger,Producer
Tony Taño   Arranger
Jaime Sabines   Poetry
Jean B. Smit   Engineer
Lila Downs   Arranger,Producer,translation,English Translations
Paul Cohen   Arranger,Producer

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Border (La Linea) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lilia Downs truly narrates the story of immigrants in their struggle away from home and their struggle to make a new life in a different land, while not forgetting the homeland. Five stars for this excellent work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lila posee una voz priviligiada, que alcanza cualquier nivel y a la vez es tan maleable su gusto. Excelente. Por otro lado los temas son de una sensibilidad digna de hacer notar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Only and pure EMOTION !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lila downs has a distinctive voice. She can change her range of voice in such a suprising way. Once you start to listen her voice is very alluring!