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THESE ARE NO MUSICAL DWARFS
on October 28, 2001
"Enanitos Verdes" means Green Dwarfs . Well, this excellent band from Argentina certainly is no dwarf in musical terms . The only reason why I can't give this album a full 5 stars is because the album ( issued in 1995 ) lacks some of the depth that they showed in later works .
Having said that , it's only fair to say that "Big Bang" is a great collection of songs , well crafted and executed by a band that knows how to cross the line between power pop and rock'n'roll .
This band has a great plus : the way they play and sing converts
songs that otherwise would sound like obvious musical and lyric clichés into well-developed musical pieces . That's what happens with "Mi primer dia sin ti" , "Cuando habla el corazón" , "Mejor no hablemos de amor" and even "Lamento boliviano" which was a great commercial hit in Latin America at the time of its release.
Also , the Enanitos can really rock and they prove it in "Celdas" and "Bailarina" , for instance .
"HIV" is a fast-paced , but not for that less emotional composition about AIDS . Giving the seriousness of the issue , one would probably expect a slower song , but the Enanitos fully deliver the message in a different way .
My favorites are , aside from the already mentioned "Mejor no hablemos de amor" , the bitter/hopeful/philosophical "Yo pagaria" , the lovely fast-paced ballad "Pasaré por ti" and the album's final song , "Estoy dispuesto" , which closes this work beautifully .
It's a shame that this spanish-speaking band will never be popular in the US and other markets due to the language barrier. Along with Soda Stereo , Charly Garcia , Fito Paéz , Spinetta and other great musicins and bands , Argentina has to be proud of being the homeland of the Enanitos Verdes . They are in the musical Big Leagues , period .