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Fire Away (Dig)

OzomatliAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Ozomatli belong to a breed of global music hoodlum alongside the likes of Manu Chao and Los De Abajo. They all play a kind of hi-octane pan-Latino dance music which mixes elements like ska, samba, salsa, punk, hip hop to varying degrees, and, in Ozomatli’s case, funk, Tex Mex, swing and soul as well. On stage, they rely mainly on live instruments, old style, and mash all their influences ... Read more in Amazon's Ozomatli Store

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  • Audio CD (April 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B003AS9G54
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Are You Ready?
2. 45
3. It's Only Paper (f/Jack Johnson)
4. Elysian Persuasion
5. Gay Vatos in Love
6. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
7. It's Only Time
8. Nadas por Free
9. Malagasy Shock
10. Love Comes Down
11. Caballito

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2010 release, the Grammy Award-winning band's fifth studio full length. Produced by acclaimed producer Tony Berg, Fire Away features 11 new Ozo songs. Ozomatli's music - a collision of Hip Hop and Salsa, Dancehall and Cumbia, Samba and Funk, Merengue and Comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican Ragga and Indian Raga -- has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around the city of LA.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I listened to these tracks on another web site (I don't think Amazon lets you link outside of their domain, so let's say the web site name is similar to "la la"). So, I listened to this music over and over through my computer speakers (pretty crummy speakers) and enjoyed the music so much I ordered the CD. About the music - it's very fun, energetic music with electric guitar, horns, and various other instruments and it has some very catchy, infectious rhythms. I like just about everything after the first three tracks. The first three tracks are too "pop music" for me and sound like they were recorded especially with FM radio in mind. After those three, I really like their music. I can't wait until they come to play here so I can see them live! I highly recommend the music.

That said, I'd have to say that this is probably the worst recording I have. That is to say, the band got together, did their thing the best they could, and then the recording engineer totally ruined it by cranking the volume up to 11 and compressing the h*** out of it! I listened to the CD and thought it sounded like a pretty awful recording - there is zero dynamic range (the difference between the quietest musical sounds and the loudest). It sounds like it is recorded at one volume - max - throughout the CD. All the lower volume sounds have been cranked up to be as loud as the loudest sounds in the music. There is nothing subtle or musical about this recording. It is recorded horribly. Normally, I set my volume control at about "3" (three notches above the zero volume setting) and that makes just about any music pretty loud through my headphones. I plugged in my headphones with the volume set to "3" and it just about blew my head off it was so loud. I literally ripped my headphones off and cranked the volume down.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good album--just don't miss the bonus tracks! April 27, 2010
By mabewa
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit that I'm heavily biased towards the Latin side of Ozomatli. I'm a big fan of the genre once quaintly known as Rock en Espanol--artists like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Cafe Tacuba, Aterciopelados, Todos Tus Muertos. Manu Chao, Ojos De Brujo, Quetzal, etc--acts that draw on the incredibly rich and eclectic variety of music from Latin America and Southern Europe and play it with the intensity of rock. To me, Ozomatli are really second to none as a Latin rock band, which means that I love their debut, their third album Street Signs (especially the second half) and the brilliant and oft-overlooked Coming Up EP. I was frankly disappointed by a few of the songs on their last record, Don't Mess With The Dragon (to me, Can't Stop and Here We Go sound too much like Ricky Martin) and by the relative lack of Spanish-language tracks. So, looking at the tracklist on their new album "Fire Away" and seeing only a couple of Spanish song titles was worrisome.

With that in mind, I was pretty relieved to hear the first track "Are You Ready?" a merengue-influenced number which blasts off in a blur of horns and percussion and singer/trumpet player Asdru Sierra singing in his best salsero-on-steroids voice. It's an instant classic, and the addition of a South African dance troupe on vocals really puts it over the top.

Having appeased the faithful, Ozo then gives us a couple of the poppiest tracks they've ever released,. 45 starts out with rapper/percussionist Justin Poree actually singing (instead of his usual rapping) in an incredibly catchy retro soul number. It's actually a very nice little song, the band adds some nice Ozo flavour with the horns, percussion, and occasional rapping from Poree, and the little low-rider style break in the middle of the song is wonderful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, Poorly Produced, their worst yet! August 25, 2010
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It appears they're on a creative downward slope, and this is their attempt at doing some laid-back west-coast pop rock that seems to have been created for the sole purposes of marketing movies and fashion lines. The lyrics are their most simplistic, all the songs but one are around 3 minutes. There's very little latin influenced material , the rapping is awful, there's no diversity in each individual tune.

Whereas once described as a Jazz-Latin-Salsa-Cumbia-Hip-Hop-Turntablist-Rock-Reggae collective, (once a 10 member group , now down to seven, one wonders if the guy holding the flag on the cover away from the others represents another exiting member dissatisfied with their new commercial musical directing) , their influences now seem based on the accessibility of the Black Eyed Peas and Jack Johnson (who sings It's only paper, which sounds exactly like one of HIS tracks and not in the LEAST like one by OZO).

The three Latin influenced tracks (Malagasy Shock, Are You Ready - a merengue beat that doesn't even come close to Como Vez, ) and El Cabalito (a decent Norteno-esque track that might actually work if the production wasn't so bad, and the singing wasn't so 'tongue in cheek' , and a couple solos couldn't hurt either) In fact, the soloing and riffs are kept to a minimum, as to be expected when each song is at the 3 minute mark, as opposed to the average 4 1/2 minute song length of their first three albums.

Where's The Salsa? The Jazz? The (Good) Hip Hop? The Percussion? The 'World Music' influence? The Solos? The DJ'ing? The Horns? The tight musicianship? The political left-leaning lyrics? The GROOVE?

As a matter of fact, WHERE'S OZOMATLI????
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ozo Nation!
Love Ozomatli; this is another great album to add to your library, whether old school & purchase the CD, or download the MP3.... either way, great choice!!! Viva la Ozo!
Published on February 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Recording I've Ever Heard, Ever
I'll be brief. I can't believe the person who mastered this album hasn't offered to set himself on fire yet as a most meager apologetic offering for his treacherous violation of... Read more
Published on July 6, 2010 by Diaphony
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and awesome
I love the freshness of this new album.
The sounds are lighter and more diverse from what we've heard from Ozomatli before. Read more
Published on June 10, 2010 by B Gutierrez
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not their best
After the disappointing "Don't Mess With the Dragon" I wasn't sure what to expect. This album is definitely an improvement. Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Jesse
2.0 out of 5 stars Ozo - Fire Away
I've been a huge fan of Ozo's since I saw them on BET's hip-hop show doing a live performance for their debut album. Read more
Published on May 27, 2010 by T. Snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, great band, great package...bad sound!
Wow, a little disappointed. I put this in my car stereo, ready to jam, but this "wall of sound" ain't no fun! Read more
Published on May 7, 2010 by 8va
1.0 out of 5 stars Latest victim of the "loudness wars".
I couldn't believe it when I put this CD on. Ozo have long been a stalwart in my collection for "great sound". Read more
Published on April 28, 2010 by J. Sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars Very personal album
I've been an Ozomatli fan since the beginning and love this new album. The songs seem to ring with very personal lyrics and yet still delivers that high energy everyone has come to... Read more
Published on April 27, 2010 by Rosita Rockera
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ozo Yet!
For a relatively short album, (about 37 minutes), Ozo has created a masterpiece. Every song is spectacular from the politically charged "Gay Vatos In Love", to the fiery "Malagassy... Read more
Published on April 27, 2010 by Dave Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Their most diverse - 3.5 stars
This is the most diverse album I've heard from Ozomatli. Not one song on this is quite a duplicate in tempo, feel, and inspiration from any other song. Read more
Published on April 22, 2010 by K. Bortz
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