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Mirabal

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The promotional sticker slapped on the jewel case for the Mirabal CD advertises it as an "Alter-Native album." This pun cleverly summarizes the artistic strategy of a Native American who holds onto his tribal roots even as he embraces modern rock. Robert Mirabal (who uses only his last name on stage) still lives in the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, where he grew up listening to traditional American Indian music around the house and rock & roll on the radio. He got his start in music playing flute instrumentals in new age arrangements in the style of R. Carlos Nakai and Bill Miller, but on Mirabal he fuses the two musics of his youth. Helping him do it is producer Michael Wanchic (John Mellencamp's former guitarist), Kenny Aronoff (Mellencamp's ex-drummer), and Mark Andes (former bassist for Spirit). They take the Tiwa rhythms of Mirabal's ethnic background and pump them up with emphatic backbeats and bluesy guitar riffs. Over these rumbling beats, Mirabal adds his fluttering, breathy flute solos and his vocals, both spoken recitations and sung melodies.

The results inevitably recall John Trudell, another American Indian who fused tribal themes and rock & roll with striking effect, but Mirabal is less political and more personal than his predecessor. When Mirabal sings in the voice of a "Medicine Man," for example, he laments that he can "razzle dazzle ghosts," but "can't manage your love for me." On "Sundance Love," he turns a nature hymn into an erotic ballad. The album's centerpiece is a marvelously detailed 10-minute narrative about "Tony & Allison," a pair of young Navajos who go on a crime spree across the Southwest; it ends with Allison wondering how she drifted so far from the tribal virtues of her childhood and how she can get back there. --Geoffrey Himes


1. Hope
2. The Dance
3. Medicine Man
4. Witch Hunt
5. Sundance Love
6. Tony & Allison
7. Little Indians
8. The Dream
9. An Kah Na
10. Cyberspace Warrior

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Ada
  • ASIN: B000005JCX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Janet Goshtaiy on December 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of the best CDs ever produced. From the catchy and hummable "The Dance" to the highly rockin' "Cyberspace Warriors" to the dark and sensuous "Tony and Allison" this is one amazing and absolutely enjoyable piece of work. Someone from a Top 40 station should listen to this work and give Robert Mirabal the airplay he deserves. Every Mirabal fan should have this one in their library.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C & G Geder on May 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
That's what slayed me. Marabal got me with that line. Get this CD, visit the Taos Pueblo, thin out your music collection, and DANCE. This is one of those seminal pieces of music that belongs on everyone's shelf. Next, check out Taos Tales.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Kinkade on April 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
You heard right - our third copy! As far as my husband and I are concerned, no Native American artist can compare to Robert Mirabal. No other artist moves you the way he does. No one else writes lyrics and music that bring out feelings like he does. And his performances are better than anyone I've ever seen - of any genre.
This isn't your "father's" music - this is a cultural breakthrough for the Native American community - one that should have been a crossover long before country made the crossover move. If you haven't heard his music, you have no idea what you're missing, or how his music can move you - over and over!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Johnson Greene on July 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I THINK THIS IS HIS BEST WORK RIGHT NEXT TO -TAOS TALES- THE DANCE SONG IS AWSOME AND THE MEDICINE MAN SONG IS GREAT THE LYRICS AND MUSIC IS THE WORK OF AN ARTIST BREAKING NEW GROUND IN NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL BUT HE STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO BUT HE IS ON HIS WAY...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Begay on June 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic CD. Robert is great and brings the feeling of ALL YOUNGER Native Americans. Please more music from Robert Maribal. All songs are filled spiritually and with respect to all. I love it....Patricia Begay
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Robert Mirabal's work is characterized by its musical virtuosity and its social and spiritual consciousness. He packs a wallop without sounding preachy or strident. The CD Mirabal is a fine example. It's got hip-hop, rap, & rock motifs, as well as soaring flute and international sounds. The CD is anchored by a prose poem, Tony and Allison which is as chilling and real as an Ingmar Bergman film. And --this is music for dancing! Fun!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mommataz2000 on April 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Robert Mirabal does and excellent job in Music From A Painted Cave. The story that goes along with the music brings even more understanding to people about the native people and who they truly are and entertains throughout as well. Best Purchase I have made in my DVD collection!
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