Sr. Flavio: Nueva Ola

Bassist Flavio Cianciarulo, known as Sr. Flavio, was one of the main reasons Argentina’s Los Fabulosos Cadillacs went from exciting local ska act to international fusion phenomenon. His song ‘Matador’ made the band explode and it was a deserved reward for Sr. Flavio, who was always LFC’s edge. His second full-length solo album is an improvement over the first. This time, his mix of ska, punk, reggae, and New Wave is fun, direct, and potent. For the most part, any of these songs could be hits by the Cadillacs, and the band never sounded better: his son, 13-year-old Ástor (named after New Tango great Ástor Piazzolla) is an animal, and Sr. Flavio (who also plays keyboards and guitar on the album) delivers his usual imaginative, groovy bass. Lyrically, this is a playful, unpretentious effort full of humor, but even though he sings better than ever, his voice remains thin. No matter how hard or loud he tries, Sr. Flavio is just one of those people who weren’t born to sing solo. Which is a damn shame: This is a party album that rocks, and we would be doing ourselves a big favor if we tried to like his voice as hard as he works it.

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