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).
Performance CreditsLila 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 CreditsTom 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Only and pure EMOTION !!!
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!