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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

La Luz del Ritmo

Posted on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 4:00 AM

La Luz del Ritmo
Composer: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Conductor: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Label: Nacional Records
Release Date: 2009-03-18
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

The Latin rock icons are back from a seven-year hiatus with their first studio album in almost 10 years, and it’s a winner. Fusing rock, reggae, ska, punk, and Latin rhythms, Ritmo offers up an eclectic sound.

A re-interpretation of the Argentinian band’s own anthemic “Mal Bicho” recalls the heyday of ’70s funk with horns and wah-wah over a dirty groove, while also infusing some turntable scratching for a modern twist. “El Genio del Dub” is another groovy cut that builds on a similar formula, while “Flores” throws in some funky cowbell.

A remake of “Padre Nuestro” finds a distinct Los Lobos vibe tapping into similar Latin folk influences, while “Nosotros Egoistas” delivers an infectious roots rocker. A horn and organ driven cover of the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” brings a Latin flavor to the pop-punk classic. Already platinum in Argentina and Mexico, Ritmo now hits Los Estados Unidos.

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