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Like most North Americans, I first learned of Drexler through his Academy Award-winning song, written for the wonderful film, The Motorcycle Diaries. The movie is a true account of a cross-continent motorcycle trip taken by a young Che Guevara as a bourgeois medical student. It depicts how his eyes are opened to the injustices suffered by poor people in his native South America. If you find a good translation of the lyrics to Al Otro Lado Del Rio you may be impressed, as I am, by the understated, subtle way in which Drexler speaks for the idealistic young Che, on the verge of becoming a revolutionary.
Drexler is a thoughtful and original composer and lyricist and a very good singer. Eco is worth owning and it gets better with repeated hearings. I recommend it.
He is definitely not mainstream...his style and lyrics have a unique "southern cone" identity. This can be recognized instantly by anyone familiar with those countries, their peoples, cultures, and poetry...for anyone who appreciates unique and non-commercial music, he is definitely worth a try...
I felt the need to give the opinion that while the Oscar was good in giving exposure to Jorge, the fact that they did not allow him to sing his OWN song, with his own unique style and voice, was a slap in the face... The only good thing that came out of this event was the exposure to a true Latin American gem in music...
and the fact that ALL of the Latin-Americans/Spaniards at the event voiced their disappointment to such a disgraceful decision, proving that Latin Americans can unite at times regardless of cultural differences.
La musica de Drexler es buenisima con o sin el Oscar...
Oddly enough, my least favorite track is the one that won the Oscar - Al Otro Lado Del Rio. No hooks you see...but there are so many highlights on this album that it is difficult to single them out.
I have seen comparisons to Caetano Veluso whom I like but Drexler is altogether more musical and more pleasing to the ear IMO.
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If you don't know Jorge Drexler music, you should. Awesome is an understatement.Published 12 months ago by olga p.
Still one of my favorite albums. Do you like music that thrills the mind and the spirit here it is.Published on December 20, 2013 by jason schuyler
I just listened to this for the first time and i cannot believe my ears... for along time, i thought he was just a great songwriter with finger-picking guitar skill, but was i... Read morePublished on March 23, 2009 by Hans N. Anggraito
Tengo que admitir que no conocia mucho de su musica, me parecia algo aburrida, pero que equivocado estaba yo y tengo que pedir disculpas,, Es una gran artista muy talentoso, el... Read morePublished on February 26, 2008 by J.Z.
I happened to stumble across this album and artist. I feel so lucky I did. Jorge Drexler composition and music are superb. Read morePublished on July 3, 2007 by Andres H.
This should be your first Jorge Drexler recording. If you like Paul Simon, Caetano Veloso, Joao Gilberto, Jobim, or John Lennon, this can not be too highly recommended. Read morePublished on May 24, 2007 by T. H.
Based upon the Academy award to Al Otro Lado del Rio as best song of the year, I decided to purchase this album by Jorje Drexel. What a treat for the ears. Read morePublished on April 3, 2007 by C. McIntyre
I find myself listening to it for a few days, taking it out of rotation but then coming back to it. Very good, very listenable, great musicianship and production. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by S. Horne