Gotan Project: Tango 3.0 (XL)

 |   |  <1 min read

Gotan Project: Tango 3.0 (XL)

After 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 genre.

And 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 places.

Vocalist Cristina Villallonga brings slow steam to the milonga (tango hall) on Desilusion over a slightly annoying spoken word thing; Mil Millones is jazz-dubbery for cocktail hour; De Hombre a Hombre is jazz-spaghetti western with bandoneon; and the rolling rhythm of Panamericana will challenge those who like their Gotan as background.

Others among the 11 tracks are less successful: the children's chorus on Rayuela irritates; the low vocal rumble of Tu Misterio sounds like an outtake from a Cirque du Soleil soundtrack; and other material (La Gloria, the orchestrated ballad Erase Una Vez) add little to what Gotan Project have already given us. Too many vocals samples rolled in throughout also.

So, hints of new directions but too often reverting to familiar paths.

Share It

Your Comments

mark - May 13, 2010

I have always been slightly bemused by this bands popularity. to my ears they have not managed to do any one part of their "fusion" of music well. The tango is usually tame and dirgie, the beats are slow and boring and the "world" sound samples contrived. I was not expecting anything new from this release (although i was hopeful) and not anything new was what I got.

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Le Trio Joubran: AsFar (World Village/Ode)

Le Trio Joubran: AsFar (World Village/Ode)

A previous album Majaz by these oud-playing Palestinian brothers was a Best of Elsewhere 2008 selection, so this one seems long overdue -- although I have just learned there was a live album in '09... > Read more

Silk and Bamboo Ensemble: Traditional Chinese Music (Arc)

Silk and Bamboo Ensemble: Traditional Chinese Music (Arc)

We have been down this seductive and often restful path a few times with the Silk String Quartet, the solo album by pipa/qin player Cheng Yu and the Taoist Music Orchestra of Shanghai -- but the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Tamikrest: Kidal (Glitterbeat/Southbound)

Tamikrest: Kidal (Glitterbeat/Southbound)

Where the first wave of Sahara blues/desert blues musicians who emerged over a decade ago – notably the bands Etran Finatawa and Tinariwen – seemed to have come to their distinctive... > Read more

SPORT 37 edited by FERGUS BARROWMAN

SPORT 37 edited by FERGUS BARROWMAN

Often considered a barometer of contemporary New Zealand writing, the long-running Sport can in truth no more be a measure of our literary world than a Christmas compilation CD is a clue to the... > Read more