Colombia's Aterciopelados (the Velvety Ones) bring it all back home on their fifth -- and finest --studio album. Recorded and self-produced in their own studio in their native Bogotá, Gozo Poderoso parades the band's singular synthesis of traditional Colombian styles, trip-hop, pop, and trance rock in a glorious postmodern riot of color. Unlike the cooler techno sounds of Caribe Atomico (recorded in New York), these cuts clearly show Atercio's core unit of singer Andrea Echeverri and bassist Hector more focused than ever on a dove's mission. From the packaging (the interior of the CD case bears the whimsical image of a heart-shaped brain) to breezy lyrics about humanism, shamans, and the shedding of the ego, a bright, childlike sincerity informs most of the album. "Luz Azul" (That Blue Light) is free-and-easy guitar grooving for all seasons, while the futuristic "Esmeralda" is a hard-thumping slice of llanera-meets-techno. Playful organ and loops help push "Uno lo Mio y lo Tuyo" into irresistible hook country. Those who have come to expect only bad news out of Colombia should find this ray of sunshine a delightful eye-opener.
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Performance CreditsAterciopelados Primary Artist
Carlos Vives Coro
Héctor Buitrago Guitar,Loops,Bajo Sexto,Coros
Federico Lopez Coro
Carlos Huertas Coro
Mauricio Montenegro Bateria
Technical CreditsAterciopelados Graphic Design
Héctor Buitrago Composer,Programming,Producer
Federico Lopez Engineer
Andrea Echeverri Composer
Mauricio Cano Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This album is the best thing that they have done. I do not speak or understand the words. I wish I could because I love the music so much.The deep velvety voice of Andrea Echeverri reminds me of the soft crooning sounds of Fleetwood Mac. If they stay on this course I know they will be just as big worldwide. I play this CD all the time. I wish they had more like this out. I have other titles of theirs but none comes close to matching the enjoyment I get out of this one. I love every song.