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Audio CD, August 30, 2011
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  • Audio CD (August 30, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B005FR5OVI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By McDizzle on September 21, 2011
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I picked up this album after hearing a snippet of track 2, "Who Can Say Which Way?" on NPR. Listened to the samples here on Amazon before downloading, and I will say they are fairly representative of what you'll get with this album.

This album definitely has a South American feel, but presented with an almost avant garde electronic take.

See, e.g., track 10, O Violao de Mario Bros., for the most extreme example of modern electronica. Avant garde though it is, I find it catchy in a way that is strangely reminiscent of Primus, in that the instruments' dissonance almost renders them to be no longer melodic, but percussive.

There are slower paced more melodic songs on this album as well, though the tempo is a bit slow for me and I lose interest.

On the down side though, there's a lot of unrealized potential, I think. The production is stripped down. Like not stripped down in a hip, raw, uncut kind of way, but stripped down in a "recorded in a garage on a boom box cassette recorder" kind of way. There's a lot of background hiss, and the bass that is much needed in a potentially great club track like track 1, "Super Violao Mashup," is sorely lacking.

Along those lines, several tracks on the album could be very danceable--track 8, I Can't Live Far from my Music comes to mind in particular--but, with the exception of track 1, Santtana seems to intentionally avoid creating that sort of feel for the album. Also a lot of great musical hooks go unexploited. I suppose what I'm saying is that the album could be more 'poppy'. I know, this is an anathema to all the music nerds out there, but I'm just saying--this guy could definitely have widespread popularity with the right producer. And I think the end result would be more palatable, even to music nerds.
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