2005 Oscar winner for his song "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" featured in the film about Ernest 'Che' Guevara "The Motorcycle Diaries". The Uruguayan singer lives up to his de-facto description as "the songwriter and his computer". His music can be best likened to somewhere between Beck and Caetano Veloso. Drexler pushes the bounds of technology, constructing new rhythms and sounds to fit them with solid songs. Recorded in Montevideo and mixed in Madrid by Juan Campodonico and Carlos Casacuberta (Grammy winners for Bajofondo Tango Club). The result is an honest, intelligent album that demands attention.
For many gringos, Uruguayan singer/songwriter Jorge Drexlers arrival was announced by his quietly strummed performance of "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" during the closing credits of The Motorcycle Diaries
. The song wound up winning an Oscar for Best Original Song, but this kind of acclaim is nothing new for talented Drexler: he's already a major pop star in Latin America. Using South American roots styles for subtle flavor, Drexler's music combines a sophisticated blend of modern production, acoustic guitar-based songs and a myriad of different slightly electronic touches. His voice has the same kind of sensual but thoughtful tone weve come to expect from Caetano Veloso. While the title track sounds like it could be one Coldplay's sweeping anthems, Drexler gets verbal for the talk/singing "Guitarra Y Vos," which a real highlight. Longtime fans will consider Eco
, his seventh album overall, up to his high standards, but this is a real eye opener for those who are just coming to the table. --Tad Hendrickson