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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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1. Merry Blues
2. Bixo
3. Eldorado 1997
4. Promiscuity
5. La Primavera
6. Me Gustas Tu
7. Denia
8. Mi Vida
9. Trapped by Love
10. Le Rendez Vous
11. Mr. Bobby
12. Papito
13. La Chinita
14. La Marea
15. Homens
16. La Vacaloca
17. Infinita Tristeza

Editorial Reviews

2008 reissue of the sophomore solo album from Manu Chao, the former leader of French Alt rockers Mano Negra. Though Mano Negra experienced some success while together, Manu Chao's solo career has earned him an international audience of music lovers and critics. Originally released in 2001, Chao extends his musical reach and adds a heavier Caribbean flavor than his debut album, Clandestino. 17 tracks including 'Merry Blues', 'Eldorado 1997', 'Me Gustas Tu' and more. Because.

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Manu Chao embodies a true world music ethos, with a bohemian twist.
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This music just makes me happy to listen to and brings summer energy into my home even in the middle of winter.
Kristin Anderson
I will be buying "Clandestino" very soon in the very hope that it sounds like this album.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "mashete" on June 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
With Proxima Estacion Esperanza, Manu Chao delivers another great CD. Happier, at times funkier than the melancholic Clandestino, Proxima Estacion sometimes echoes the Mano Negra years (especially with the ska number "Promiscuity" and the jazzy "Trapped by Love") while maintaining the simple, minimalistic and acoustic feel used in Clandestino. Manu Chao, a collage artist, samples anything, from Cuban radio programs to french documentaries to cell phone and fax sounds, mixing all of this with his songs. Some of the samples are new, some are recycled, but, hey, that's what a collage artist does, he recycles stuff. For example, Mr. Bobby and the Homens' music is the same as King of Bongo. But he makes enough changes to make these sounds sound fresh again. But the winners in Proxima Estacion are "Merry Blues", portuñol songs "Bixo do coco/El dorado" and the Algerian influenced "Denia".Being Manu Chao, everybody expects him to sing about "controversial topics". People who search for that "controversial topic" or whatever is missing the whole point of the album. For all of you who loved Clandestino, you'll love Proxima Estacion.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on June 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you haven't heard Manu Chao before, get ready for a trip around the world with an artist that incarnates creative freedom, and for the most fun you've had in a long time, listening to music. If you listened to his first solo album, 'Clandestino,' you'll find some of the tracks in this album to bear a resemblance with it, but don't be wrong: this guy is reinvents himself once and again, deconstructing and rebuilding his own past work.
He touches the most serious topics (Mad Cow disease and promiscuity just to name two), but in a very fun way, just like he did when he was lead singer of Mano Negra (a band definitely worth listening). He also continues to borrow from many languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, English), rhythms and styles that you'll find yourself following a reggae, after having listened to a song that closely resembles the tune in a musical box.
My favorite from the album, "Me Gustas Tu".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love music, but I'm not a music expert, and I rarely even spend money on CDs. But after I listened to 30 seconds of this CD in a record store when it first came out, and I couldnt get it out of my mind. I bought it a couple of months later, and it has been my favorite album ever since.
The whole album is like a journey. The songs flow together seemlessly, recalling rhythms and lyrics from one song to the next. Some complain about his repeating the same melodies (also used on Clandestino), but I think its fantastic. Its like meeting a friend you havent seen in years- the same in some ways, not in others. Even within the same songs, the lyrics are simple and the songs seem almost repetetive. At first, I didnt know what to think of this style, but after listening a few times, it becomes hypnotic.
For those who complained about a lack of 'meaningful' songs on this album, I can only assume that they didn't bother to find out what 'Denia' was about. Sung in Arabic, this song is about the troubles in Algeria. You don't have to understand Arabic to feel the passion and the hope for the future of "poor Algeria" in this song.
At any rate, who says you have to be in-your-face with political statements to be meaningful? This album, by its design and content IS a political statement.
On a personal level, I feel like this song was written just for me. English, Spanish, French, and Arabic are all spoken in my household - if one of us learns Portuguese we will actually understand all the lyrics! (I think- there may have been other languages in there that I missed..)In reality though, I think many many people these days live 'between cultures' - and this is one of the few albums around that truly breaks down false barriers of language and nationality. How refreshing to listen to music that is truly inclusive instead of exclusive!
Long story short: buy this album. You won't regret it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pma on February 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge fan of Mano Negra and Manu Chao and it's been interesting to see how the sound has evolved over the years. "Clandestino" is an immense solo album, and "Proxima Estacion:Esperanza", while lacking some of the spiritual depth of the first effort, is still a great album exploring different themes. The whole CD sounds like a journey, and is a great CD to add to your road trip collection. Manu definitely takes a lighter approach mood-wise with this album compared to "Clandestino", which is refreshing - otherwise we'd have "Clandestino II". Still, the tracks are standouts in their own Manu way. "Denia" isn't full of Middle Eastern instruments, yet with the minimal vocals, Arabic calling, smooth guitar and steam whistles somehow I feel like I'm on a train in Morrocco anyway. "Papito" is nothing but silliness, and there's nothing wrong with that. Not every song has to be talking about the plight of the world for him to prove he's "matured" as an artist. He does take the musical background of "Bongo Bong" and instill it in a number of tracks here ("Mr.Bobby" & "Homens"), and the music starting with "La Primavera" (a track that I prefer over the hit "Me Gustas Tu") continues throughout the CD as well. There could have been a bit more originality there, but needless to say, there's some great laughs, some high energy, and some mellow moments, which makes this definitely one of the CDs that travels with me whenever I go anywhere. I wish I knew all 5 languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, English) that appeared on this album (I only know 3), but that doesn't take away from enjoying Manu at his zany best. Hope another one comes soon...
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Infinita Tristeza
I know exactly what you mean. I just realized when I think of the emotion of profoundest sorrow, I hear the words "infinita tristeza" in my head. So I guess emotionally its linked to sorrow for me. No idea what it 'means' on an intellectual, literal level though.
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