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Atlas

KinkyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (December 2, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B0000E6XGR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Presidente
2. The Headphonist
3. Snapshot
4. Salta-Lenin-El-Atlas
5. Do U Like It?
6. Airport Feelings
7. Pos Que Se Vengan
8. Minotauro
9. Not Afraid
10. My God Is So Quiet
11. Maria Jose
12. Semillas De Menta (hidden track)

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This daring quintet broke from Monterrey, Mexico on the scene in 2002 with their self-described "electro-Latin organic fusion" and turned a lot of heads at the 2002 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The aptly named group continues their worldbeat party mix of funk, rock, electronica, trance, psychedelic pop, dance and more on their sophomore album. Choice cuts include "Airport Feelings," with its instantly infectious vibe and the trip-hop flavored "My God is So Quiet" which would fit in nicely in industrial/house dance clubs. With its start-stop dynamics, tempo shifts, and spirited jams, the 12-track album has a definite "live" feel. The only instrumental, "Do U Like It," is an intense rock-jazz workout that bounces leads between percussions, guitars and keyboards. But Kinky can also slow the party down, such as on the reflective tunes like "Minotauro" and "Semillas de Menta," whose hooky melodies and echoey vocal harmonies evoke nostalgic chamber-pop brilliance. --Ramiro Burr

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4.0 out of 5 stars Let the mutant Grasshopper crawl into your ears. January 25, 2004
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I waited over a month before writing this review. The main reason being, Atlas is so different from the first Kinky album that, on first impression, it may seem a completely different group, and will not meet any pre-conceptions you may have of Kinky. It requires repeated listening. Those electronic music fans (many of kinky fans indeed) may find the change too drastic, and I believe some reviews of the album reflect this. Nevertheless, repeated listening allows to find at the core of the songs the same roots that made the original CD so appealing: Funky bass, strong percussion rhythms, and synth loops, which continue to be innovative and used as a recourse, not as a gimmick. Accordion, horns and timbales are also used less prominently, again as part of the "multilayered" construction of the songs but without the purpose of giving a "Latin flavor" just for the sake of it. Here Kinky seems to have inverted the original idea. Electric guitars and vocals are more prominent, and bass, synthesizers and loops are used as enhancers. In Atlas lyrics are also more elaborate, both in English and Spanish. I disagree with people who claim Kinky's lyrics in English are awkward, forced or badly written. Actually, the one with the oddest, silliest lyrics in the album is co-written by Itaal Shur, collaborator with Santana on "Smooth". Perhaps if this was an American band, nobody would be judging syntax or phrasing construction. How many hit songs are out there whose lyrics barely make any sense anyway? I nevertheless agree that all the Spanish lyrics on Atlas are far more elaborated, complex and interesting, and I just wish everybody could understand Spanish, and therefore appreciate the cleverness of songs like "Minotauro" or the sensuality of "Semillas de Menta". Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good album Kinky atlas February 24, 2005
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On first listen, Kinky are about as south-of-the-border and muy caliente as a college band from Indiana - with grinding machines and chirruping effects, they seem determined to sound as Norte Americano as possible. But this band (from Monterrey) is not in cultural denial, and its explosions of percussion, subtly picked guitar and witty pan-linguistic vocals make Atlas the most original spin on indie-pop in years. Sometimes they sound like a Mexican Talking Heads, yoking clever lyrics to pop-electro; elsewhere they're R.E.M. with an accent, or even a lilting, Latino Beatles. Joyful, sophisticated and prone to sudden bursts of vampire-movie keyboards, this really is a band unlike anything you've heard before. Lame yanqui outfits beware: They're here for your jobs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Es Muy Bueno, Chicos...En Serio January 2, 2004
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Wait...is The Headphonist a new release from the band Cake?

No..yes..well, sort-of I suppose. John McCrea of Cake makes a guest appearance on the 2nd cut of Atlas and the result is, well, very Cake-like. Is that bad.? Well, no, if you like Cake -- although it may make you wonder if this is a convoluted marketing ploy to win over Kinky fans in the US. Otherwise it's quite a good song that is not only familiarly Kinky, but they employ a fantastic retro Colombian cumbia organ riff about a third of the way into the song. And that makes me forgive them for trying to borrow Cake for a few minutes on a 45 minute album.

And yes, they do use quite a bit of English on Atlas, unlike the first album. And yes, it can be somewhat distracting (in the sense that you might find yourself asking: Why is this band from Monterrey, Mexico singing in English when it sounds so much cooler when they use their native Spanish?)

Overall the album is classic Kinky and the cuts are good, especially Do U Like It?, Pos Que Se Vengan, Minotauren, and Maria Jose.

If you have the first, buy this one. If you have neither, buy both.
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4.0 out of 5 stars navigating thru the atlas December 7, 2003
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The Grammy nominated quintet from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico secluded itself in the jungles of the Yucatan to write their sophomore album "Altas." After much hype of their self-titled debut which, in its wake included an appearance in the Late Show with David Letterman, national television spots with Smirnoff, Honda, and Motorola, among others, the much anticipated "Atlas" hit the record shelves December 2.
Working again with producer Chris Alison (Coldplay, The Beta Band), Kinky releases an eclectic album with a harder rock edge as a result of collaborating with engineer Thom Russo (System of a Down, Audioslave). "The approach for this album was different from the first in that on this album we wanted to focus on a live, organic band sound" says Gil Cerezo (lead vocals). In addition, "Atlas" benefits from the 180 live shows within the last year that has taken them through Europe, North and South America and results in five English tracks "Sometimes I even dream in English" Gil confesses.
"The Headphonist" features a contribution from John McCrea of Cake, whom they met while sharing the bill on a recent tour. "Presidente", the opening track and first single from "Atlas" is a political commentary questioning the Mexican government.
With "Atlas," Kinky captivates their eclectic live sound musically with their fusion of alternative electronica regional sounds. Meanwhile, they continue to cross cultural borders and destroy language barriers, leaving audiences and listeners alike, as Kinky would put it "queriendo mas y mas y mas y MAS!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A small step backwards....
A small step backwrads from their primer effort. Maybe they need to check their Atlas and find their way back to thier roots + eletronica rather than trying to be... Read more
Published on November 22, 2005 by Steven Mckeon
5.0 out of 5 stars love it-love it-and more love for it
its an incredible album, after hearing it for many many times, i keep finding new stuff.

hooky, weird, sensual,..well..KINKY
Published on April 12, 2005 by Jay-Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Hybrid cd of a great rock group
Green, White, Red? This CD is a Great Group Rock from Mexico. An Hybrid music from Nortec to Rock, Soul and Electronic Experiments. Don't try to lie Mr. Read more
Published on March 18, 2005 by Fixxmaniac
4.0 out of 5 stars An overally hook-em album
I never once listened to Kinkys' older material, so I lack the credible references of comparing how their newer work racks up against their newer work. Read more
Published on August 1, 2004 by Michael Barrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sophmore Release Since Fiona Apple!
The only way I can describe Kinky's sound on this disc is this: It's as if Weezer and Lou Reed went to an Ozomatli concert where Desi Arnaz was the opening act. Read more
Published on June 18, 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars what a disappointment
don't bother with this album. kinky's self-titled debut album is amazing. this is just a mediocre attempt at equaling their success with the first one, but unfortunately, it... Read more
Published on June 17, 2004 by S. I. Lopez
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
Loved the last album. This one, however, shows the band going from Mexican electronica to mediocre quasi-American rock. Read more
Published on March 30, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid & Sexy
I liked Kinky's last album, but I am loving Atlas. On the previous one there are a handful of good songs, but the majority of the tracks are just some cool grooves that never... Read more
Published on March 22, 2004 by Sayyadina
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
I've struggled for sometime to determine whether I really like Kinky. I was moderately satisfied with their last album and could not figure out what all the rage was about after... Read more
Published on March 5, 2004 by Colin R. Griswold
5.0 out of 5 stars KINKY/ ATLAS............EXCELENTE REGRESO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KINKY regresa con atlas, un disco que logra bastante bien su cometido, ya que antes de lanzar este disco la banda declaro en una entrevista que en su nuevo disco ellos querian... Read more
Published on February 24, 2004 by jerardo soto
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