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En Paz

Eljuri Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Label: Manovill Records
  • ASIN: B0017HDN8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. El Aire (con Sly & Robbie)
2. Sombra Negra
3. Yo Soy
4. Jaula (con Johnette Napolitano)
5. I Told You Before
6. En Paz
7. Peligrosa
8. Tierras
9. Una Ola
10. Ayer (El Destino)
11. Como En Un Sueño
12. Peligrosa (remix)
13. Como En Un Sueño (cancion de mi madre)

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Review by Adam Greenberg Eljuri (Cecilia Villar) has been compared to Santana plenty of times in the past for her guitar skills and style. Much like Santana, she's now branching into a wider range of sound on En Paz, touching on flamenco, reggae, rock, and more. The album opens with what turns out to be an excellent bit of reggae, in part courtesy of Sly & Robbie. In Sombra Negra, some breathy vocals form a core of sound that eventually leads to some very Santana-like electric guitar. Yo Soy keeps the electric riffs but adds a Cuban rhythm, and Jaula introduces Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde for a growled flamenco-inspired vocal line. In I Told You Before, the tone becomes reminiscent of Garbage in every way possible the only thing missing is Shirley Manson's sneering vocals. The sound becomes a bit more nuevo latino as the album progresses, moving to a more sultry vocal for the title track and a slightly edgier sound (fittingly) for Peligrosa. The palmas of flamenco show up for Tierras, underscoring a surf-guitar sort of tone. Una Ola has Brazilian motives in it, and Ayer brings back just a little of the Garbage growl, the British smoothness of a guitar, and combines it with a more distinctly Spanish format with surprisingly good results. The main run of songs ends with a circus-bent piece with just a hint of something exotic mixed in. A couple of remixes and reprises finish off the album officially, with an archival recording of Eljuri's mother marking the final track. While the sound is full and well-developed, the album remains not-quite-overproduced. The beats can get thick, the bass can get a little heavy, but at the same time you can still hear Eljuri's fingers scraping the strings as she moves from chord to chord. Her vocals take center stage, but not by volume and bombast so much as by tone. Really a fine album for the sheer fusion of Spanish and other sound elements, all without becoming self-conscious or showy. This is music made not to show off, but it just happens to succeed in showing off anyway. --All Music Guide

01 May 2008 Rock for Peace So, dear SoundRoots reader, by now you have recognized some of my preferences, and near the top are Afrobeat, Balkan brass, and pretty much anything with great global percussion. Not quite at the top is the catch-all known as Latin alternative -- an umbrella term almost as indescriptive as world music except that at least the former hints at what language to expect. Still, I know from some of your comments (hey...I've been meaning to talk to you about the lack of comments of late. So I will, later. But for now...) that some of you are fans of the emerging rock/pop/reggae/punk/etc sounds emerging from Latin American and expatriate Latinos, such as the Ireland-dwelling Rodrigo y Gabriela. So this one's for you. The new album En Paz from Ecuador-born Cecilia Villar Eljuri will hit the stores May 20. I know today is May Day, but since she doesn't have songs about striking dockworkers, I'll settle for this song of imprisonment, which reflects the more rocking (and flamenco-tinged, with the vocal assistance of Johnette Napolitano) side of the artist. There's a fair amount of variety on En Paz, from the quiet conflicted passion of Yo Soy to the reggae licks of El Aire featuring Sly & Robbie. The album's title emerged from Eljuri's feelings as she put together the album. 'These days I don't see much peace around us' she explains. 'I see danger, inequities, fighting over borders, divisions among people and the loss of love. In spite of all that, I believe there is hope that we can overcome this and coexist in a tranquil society.' Well, a tranquil society that rocks out now and then. --soundroots.org

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Ecuatoriana canta/autora/guitarrista Cecilia Villar Eljuri presenta En Paz, el CD de verdades universals y de ritmos globales. Cecilia Villar Eljuri nació en Ecuador y es hija del legendario pionero de radio, teatro, y televisión Paco Villar y de la compositora Olga Eljuri de Villar. En la creación de En Paz, Cecilia aprovecha este legado artístico familiar y su herencia ecuatoriana en tanto que viaja a su país natal durante la composición del álbum, algo que radicalmente encauza su creación. En En Paz se desarrollan canciónes arraigadas en los ritmos del rock y en melodías contagiosas acompañadas por letras cantadas con confianza. Un gran número de músicos influyentes también ayudan a conformar este álbum evocador. Yossi Fine, que ha trabajado con los ídolos del rock David Bowie y Lou Reed, provee la base de baterías y bajo para la moyoría de las canciónes, puesto que es el productor y el bajista principal. El álbum comienza con una canción de reggae latino El Aire en la cual colaboran los iconos del reggae Sly & Robbie. Con un estilo calmante, la canción parece 'flotar' en licks de guitarra al estilo de roots riddems y montuno. También colabora la experta cantante de rock Johnette Napolitano, la cuál se hizo famosa en el grupo Concrete Blonde y que presta su voz a Jaula, una canción que combina flamenco con otros estilos musicales. La canción 'Como En Un Sueño' fue escrita hace tiempo por mi madre, reflexiona Eljuri. Esta canción, así como muchas de sus composiciones, salió al mercado en los años 60 en Ecuador. Su bella melodía y letra expresiva siempre me impresionó y sentí la necesidad de escribirla de nuevo, incluyendo mi propio arreglo musical para 'En Paz.' . . . un sonido que electrifica los estilos latinos . . . Esto es música del rock/baile en su mejor forma. Billboard Magazine --------- Cecilia Villar Eljuri was born in Ecuador and is the daughter of legendary radio, theatre and television pioneer Paco Villar and composer Olga Eljuri de Villar. In the creation of En Paz Cecilia tapped into her parents artistic legacy and Ecuadorian background by traveling to her homeland during the writing stage, greatly impacting the direction of the album. What unfolds on En Paz are songs versed in rock rhythms and hook-driven melodies, complimented by confident lyrics. Cecilia has been touted for writing catchy four minute standards... with hooks that would make Sheryl Crow blush and as a deep-rooted instrumentalist her guitar playing reminiscent of a young Carlos Santana (Global Rhythm Magazine). All Music Guide said, Guitarist/songwriter Cecilia Villar has the ability to become a powerhouse. A host of influential musicians also help to shape this evocative album. Yossi Fine, who has worked with rock idols David Bowie and Lou Reed , delivers a drum and bass foundation for the majority of the tracks as producer and principal bass player. The opening Latin Reggae track El Aire is a special collaboration with Reggae icons Sly & Robbie. With a cool and laid back , the track seems 'to float' along roots riddims and Latin-montuno guitar licks. Also appearing on En Paz is rock maven Johnette Napolitano, of Concrete Blonde fame, who lends her voice to the flamenco infused Jaula. The track 'Como En Un Sueño' was originally written by my mother, reflects Cecilia Villar Eljuri. This song was originally released in the 60 s in Ecuador. The beautiful melody and lyrical phrasing has always stuck with me and I felt compelled to re-write her song and integrate my own arrangement ideas for 'En Paz.' ... a sound that electrifies Latin styles...This is rock/dance music at its best. Billboard Magazine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Musically builds bridges between genres and cultures August 28, 2008
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
A first impression of "En Paz" is its colorful presentation, in both music and production. Cecilia Villar Eljuri is an Ecuadorian singer-songwriter and guitarist whose Latin and world-beat music conveys many tones on the broad spectrum aural palatte. While bilingual, Eljuri sings primarily in her native Spanish about world issues and the need for peace, love and tranquility. The daughter of radio/TV/theater pioneer Paco Villar and composer/pianist Olga Eljuri de Villar was significantly inspired by travels to Ecuador while making this album. "Una Ola" is Spanish for "One Wave," and the song relates memories of a dear friend by building upon the analogy of how the ocean's power can sweep you off your feet. Eljuri's music is driven by strong rhythms and crisp guitar work that keep your attention on a visceral level without detracting from her tender vocalizing. Producer Yossi Fine provides the bass and drum tracks for most tracks. Other instrumentalist supporting Eljuri's music comes from Nir Z, Ray Turull, Alex Fox, Nayla Della Penna, Peter Basil, and Jay Rodriguez.

The CD's intent is to musically build bridges between genres, as well as between cultures. "El Aire" opens the set with a Latin Reggae offering guest appearances by Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare. Another noteworthy guest is Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde) whose soaring timbre imparts considerable energy to "Jaula," a song with rock and flamenco influences. Two interesting tracks of her mother's composition "Como En Un Sueno" appear. The closing bonus track is her mom's original 1960s version released in Ecuador. A few tracks earlier is Eljuri's contemporary rendition that preserves its danceable melody and expressive lyrics in a totally different musical setting. There's nice variety on this album from moody introspection to uptempo grooves, all presented with a sense of moral urgency and expert musicality. (Joe Ross, Joshua Tree, CA)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album...even better with Johnette. November 25, 2009
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Even without Johnette this would have been an amazing album. The fact that this artist was able to convince Johnette to contribute is only a plus. I wish that US artists (sans Johnette) would put this much feeling into their songwriting and production. Thank god there are still artists like Eljuri that are still pushing the envelope...
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