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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.

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For many gringos, Uruguayan singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler’s 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 we’ve 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

1. Eco
2. Deseo
3. Todo se transforma
4. Guitarra y vos
5. Transporte
6. Milonga del moro judio
7. Polvo de Estrellas
8. Se va, se va, se fue
9. Don de Fluir
10. Fusion
11. Salva pantallas
12. Al otro lado del rio

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music Latina
  • ASIN: B0007QS3SI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By JG on April 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A fellow David Byrne fan from Uruguay first posted some comments on DB's bulletin board about Drexler getting snubbed from the Academy Awards because he wasn't "...famous enough..." to sing his own song (reminder to self: just one more reason to never watch that crap). Drexler told Nic Harcourt of KCRW recently he wrote a letter of protest to the Academy Awards, and wasn't happy about it. Even Antonio Banderas didn't feel right about singing it, but relented in the end. Drexler turned out to be the one to laugh last, as he sang a few lines from his song in lieu of an acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. He reminds most immediately of Caetano Veloso's London exile years ("Joia", "Muito", and "Bicho"), and has the seemingly effortless intellectual range of Caetano and David Byrne. Very gentle, intelligent, and intense. His lyrics are nothing short of sublime. It helps if you understand some Spanish, but this is music that can be appreciated for its own sake. Unbelievably talented singer songwriter, who may soon become much more known in the U.S.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A reader VINE VOICE on May 10, 2005
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The comparisons I've read here to Caetano Veloso are apt, since they're both tenors and Drexler has that Brazilian vocal style: no vibrato and a soft delivery. And like much of Brazilian music (Veloso is Brazilian -- Drexler is from Uruguay), Drexler's songs are lyric-driven. He has a lot to say, and says it beautifully. I often listen to music in foreign languages and find that it's no impediment if the music and rhythms are compelling enough. The songs on this disk have that special quality. But fortunately, I understand Spanish and therefore can thoroughly enjoy the philosophical musings, quirky insights, and breathtakingly sensual and romantic poetry that accompany these infectious arrangements.

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MariaGitana on March 1, 2005
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I have been a fan of Jorge ever since I heard one of his songs a few years ago. His peaceful voice and fresh song style drew my attention immediately...his music combines delicately composed guitar, very soft electronic beats, and incorporates South American rhythms in a style never done before, in my opinion...

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...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carlos R. Diez Medina on February 28, 2005
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This is the best album from Drexler. Now that he won the Oscar as best song he showed the Hollywood media-oriented spooks that he is among the best. He surely have been asked to sing his own song instead of having an actor-singer like Antonio Banderas singing other's music! I encourage the American buyers to buy this album and let those illiterate from Hollywood know that that the public surely supports goods artists. If an Academy of Arts does such a banning, imagine what could happen with politicians! Congratulations, Drexler!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nollaig on April 19, 2005
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I do not understand a word of what this man is singing but frankly, it doesn't matter. This has to be one of the best crafted albums that I have ever heard! From the music to the musicianship to the production values, this is flawless. I will leave it up to those you with an understanding of his lyrics to attest to their merit - all I can say is that this is a very lyrical album. I mean this in the sense that the music of the words is as striking as the playing. I can't help but think that this album would be huge in the US if it were sung in English - but would it sound the same? I tend to think that Drexler's talent would overcome any perceived obstacle.

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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