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More than a concert… it’s a marathon, a three hour spectacle. From Paris to Tijuana and Detroit to Barcelona, in a big venue or an intimate dive, the equation is sure to be the same: Manu Chao + Radio Bemba = an explosive cocktail. An explosion of joy. Sweating, shouting, jumping… songs coming one after another at the speed of light… a short pause… then a ... Read more in Amazon's Manu Chao Store

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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nacional Records
  • ASIN: B000SQJ27I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 13 Días
2. Tristeza Maleza
3. Politik Kills
4. Rainin In Paradize
5. Besoin de la Lune
6. El Kitapena
7. Me Llaman Calle
8. A Cosa
9. The Bleedin Clown
10. Mundorévès
11. El Hoyo
12. La Vida Tómbola
13. Mala Fama
14. Panik Panik
15. Otro Mundo
16. Piccola Radiolina
17. Y Ahora Que ?
18. Mama Cuchara
19. Siberia
20. Soñe Otro Mundo
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Manu Chao is widely acknowledged as a pioneer of Latin alternative music, and was the leader of Mano Negra. This is his first studio release in the US since 2001's "Esperanza". He recently completed his most extensive North American tour to date, following a highly acclaimed co-headlining performance at this year's Coachella festival as well as the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals.

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Americans waited six years for a new studio album from one of the most exciting ambassadors of cosmopolitan party/protest music. Infusing rock fundamentals with elements of ska, reggae, punk, and Afro-pop since fronting Mano Negra ("Black Hand") in 1986, Chao's grown by continental leaps as a bandleader since then, as La Radiolina's mix of festival-rousing rock, defiant politics, and multilingual lyrics attests. Lead single "Rainin in Paradize" alone should propel Chao (née Oscar Tramor) into the kind of stateside fame he's long enjoyed in Europe and South America. Elsewhere, individual songs suggest direct antecedents--"Mundoreves," for example, recalls the Eagles' "Hotel California" with minimal subtlety--but Manu Chao is an unabashed citizen of the world, and to peg his music to specific forebears is in part to miss the point. Perhaps the most iconic of La Radiolina's songs, "The Bleedin Clown" portrays its protagonist's will to "make the children happy," but despite his sounding almost deflated by weary resignation, this sad character sketch still can't manage to drag the music away from its unrelenting, celebratory flavor. Rare is the artist who can rock a sad world so well. Chao is it. --Jason Kirk

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I highly recommend this artist and this album.
Michael J. Cuneo
Still this album is very good, I am very happy with it, get it and see for yourself I believe you won't repent.
Sandiago Tiaz
I can listen to his songs forever without getting tired.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James Rhodes on October 5, 2007
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I'm a real Manu Chao fan and while I originally felt this album was a bit too repetitious, I've gotten to really enjoy this CD more and more since I've had it. It is very fast paced but I really enjoy a lot of the material on the CD. It's another good CD by Manu Chao.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Manu Chao is a not what you think of "world music" as being. For many people, that equals weird, inaccessable music played on instruments you can't identify.

In the case of Manu Chao, it means something far warmer and more enjoyable, full of driving catchy Eurorock rhythms, funky edges, a crazy Spanish flavour, and vaguely political sensibilities. It's been six years since his last internationally-released album, but "La Radiolina" (translation: the little radio) was an event worth waiting for.

It kicks off with the "13 D¡as," a racing blur of folky-rocky-guitar and lots of mumbling. But that's only the warm-up into the melodious, brass-band-edged rocker "Tristeza Maleza," which sounds like Spoon got invaded by Andalusian musicians, and the hypnotic guitar-rap of "Politik Kills ("Politik needs your mind/politik needs human beings/politik needs lies...")

And with the driving, blurring, siren-laden "Rainin In Paradize," the album really blossoms into all it can be -- colourful bouncy folkpop, sensual ballads, meditative little tunes, driving little rockers flavoured with odd sounds and fiery tight guitars, and a long stretch of swirling Spanish-inspired music.

It finishes up with a wicked trio of songs -- a kinetic, high-speed electrorocker with a sly smile woven into all the buzzing, a meditative little instrumental on acoustic guitar, and finally the driving "Y Ahora Qu_" with its blazing bass and ringing riffs.

It's a suitably energetic finale to an album that is uptempo and intense, but without being oppressive about it. Instead, Mano Chao gives his music a relaxed feel -- it's like being at a colourful nighttime party with plenty of food, drink and dancing, but in a city full of turmoil during the day.
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful By doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME on October 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Manu Chao is quite the interesting cat, with potentially joyous and groundbreaking music that celebrates international culture while slyly resisting globalization. He's got a fresh and intriguing sound that mixes Europop with world music of the Latin/Afro/Caribbean persuasions, with some westernized rock and rhythm mixed in. His lyrics jumping amongst five different languages are also a polyglot delight. With so much going for him, it's hard to imagine how Manu Chao could create such a massively disappointing and annoying misuse of his skills. This album contains 21 largely interchangeable tracks that zoom by with the validity of poorly-designed mashups and with not much more impact than a series of ringtones. The five so-called bonus tracks are merely undeveloped snippets of riffs and melodies that already appeared earlier, and most of the songs overall end quickly after failing to develop a series of very similar basic ideas. This album's production process suffered an ADD-addled breakdown.

An ignoramus would say that all the songs sound the same, but here the discerning listener will find that many of them really ARE the same. Five different songs contain the exact same backing tracks with minimally different melodies on top, and even more songs than that contain the same irritating four-note ascending guitar line. Other basic melodies are also recycled (not reprised, mind you) throughout the album. The initially lovely ballad "A Cosa" also reuses a backing track that Manu contributed to an album by African popsters Amadou & Mariam two years ago. Reprising themes throughout an album can be an effective artistic device, but here it's just widespread replication of undeveloped ideas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Go Masai on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
La Radiolina is a magical album. One of those rare collections that only gets better with each listening. Songs like Mala Fama and Me Llaman Calle wil treat fans hungry for the smoother sounds found on Clandestino but Rainin in Paradie and Politk Kills will show how up to date Manu is. Get the album, listen to it a few times, learn a few new words and spread the spirt of Manu with those around you.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mrs.schmiggles on October 3, 2007
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OK-so when I saw a new album from Manu Chao-I wanted to see what he had been up to. I was sorely dissapointed to find that not much has changed. His style is the same and I guess I am not as much of a fan as I was in the past. You might as well buy the older, classic stuff
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on September 30, 2007
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This review is for those of you who don't know Manu Chao.

Manu is a 40+ year old world musician, who primarily sings in French and Spanish, but uses Catalan, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern tunes & rhythms in his music.

This album, "La Radiolina" is currently a huge sensation in Europe, primarily because it pays homage to so many varied European styles all on one album. Its great that he's slowly catching on within the United States, because this is another world musician (alongside Susheela Raman) who is huge in Europe but virtually unknown here. In France, this CD played tug of war for the No. 1 spot on the charts (it finally lost to Vanessa Paradis' incredible new CD "Divinidylle").

There are a few tracks worthy of mention. Prime amongst them are : "Panik Panik", "Otro Mundo", and "Piccola Radiolina" (which is more of an interlude, but what an amazing one it is!). I especially liked "Y Ahora Que?" and "Siberia". Manu's strength is fusion music, and he does it seamlessly over here. Some tracks just have a tune and rhythm but no vocal. Again, this works to his advantage. For years, Manu Chao used to cruise on his good looks to sell his albums - although he was talented. Its great to see that as he gets older, he's investing more thought and preparation into his music. This CD is his best yet.

Heres the thing - this album is severely underrated and unknown within the US. If you're a true lover of world fusion music, get this now. Its unlikely to be topped this year.

Also, if you liked this, do check out "33 1/3" by Susheela Raman, "Vol 2 : Release" by Afro Celt Sound System, and "Gold" by Noa. All three are essential world music albums you need to have in your collection.
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