Graham Reid | | <1 min read
their double live of 18 months ago some might have thought this
slippery trio (and guests) who have made tango-cool albums a
life-style accessories would have exhausted their self-invented
while this album is no huge re-invention for those who are ho-hum
about them (this writer), the dub elements, more pronounced
tango-noir and slippery horn parts discreetly elevate this one in
Cristina Villallonga brings slow steam to the milonga (tango hall) on
a slightly annoying spoken word thing; Mil
is jazz-dubbery for cocktail hour; De
Hombre a Hombre
is jazz-spaghetti western with bandoneon; and the rolling rhythm of
will challenge those who like their Gotan as background.
among the 11 tracks are less successful: the children's chorus on
irritates; the low vocal rumble of Tu
sounds like an outtake from a Cirque du Soleil soundtrack; and other
the orchestrated ballad Erase
add little to what Gotan Project have already given us. Too many
vocals samples rolled in throughout also.
hints of new directions but too often reverting to familiar paths.