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Da' Zoo has an electric base fuse with other rhythms like pop and reggae, considered basically as "Electro Pop". Their lyrics are in Puerto Rico's slang. They sing like they talk.
The band released their debut album in June, with an assortment of songs under the dance format. The album also includes romantic lyrics and is directed to "people who like originality and, above all, fun."
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While I can't clearly compare Da Zoo to another artist (I think they are in their own category) I did find some of the beats and hooks to be similar to those found in other mainstream music. Actually that being said I could see DJs like Dr. Dre, DJ Sammy or Tiesto using much of this in their own work, in fact I would really enjoy hearing Da Zoo remixed.
I highly recommend this album if you are looking for fun, electronic and active music where you most likely have no clue what they are saying.
Inevitably, Da'Zoo will draw comparisons to the much more artistically and commercially successful BPE, down to the lineup of 3 rappers/instrumentalists and 1 girl complete with hip-hop nicknames and Fergie-styled vocal interjections. I like her voice a lot. It's sexy and fun, but ultimately indistinguishable in a crowded field of dance/electropop-hiphop bands.
Da'Zoo may have had fun making this album, but I did not have fun going through the CD. I don't speak Spanish and none of the tracks grabbed me at all. I do not blame the language barrier, as I routinely enjoy music without understanding the lyrics (for example, Air, who often sing in French). Great music transcends cultures and languages, and just makes you want to move your body. Da'Zoo is not one of these bands. I did not tap my feet or bop my head to any of the song. "Chitu" and "Excuse Me" were the only song that I thought were above average. You can see the video for Chitu (animated in Flash) on YouTube. It's a bit vulgar and overtly sexual. Overall, Da'Zoo seems to rely too much on sex to sell their music.
The good thing is that Amazon has 30-second samples from all the tracks so you can decide for yourself if this music is for you.
Overall, I thought it was a very mediocre debut, another bland offering from Sony Music. 3 stars -- an average score for a very average and forgettable album.
The music is pop infused synthetic, and the production uses cliches like spoken voice in back ground as music ramps up. The Lyrics are light, love, drugs, dance themes.
No deep bass thumps or true dance inspiration. This is bubble gum dance music, and I would only dance to it if I were happy for some other reason.
If you like prog rock, gorillaz, b-52s, stay away. If you like Menudo, or kiddie dance pop, then this is for you. But then the lyrics are somewhat more adult themed.
The tracks don't make my skin crawl, and they aren't offensive, there just isn't anything original, creative, thought provoking, or can't help but dance about any of the tracks. At best this album would be filler music at a dance club.
So ultimately, I share in the opinion that Da Zoo's music is less reggae-esque hip-hop, which is what it seems to want to be, than it is insecure adolescent bubble-gum teen-angst pop.
There is no doubt a market for this music, but again- not my demographic. Since I hardly represent this product's target market, it wouldn't be fair to slander this album with a negative review. As such, I'll submit my opinion with a grain of salt and a largely neutral 3-star review.
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OK, interesting potential fusion of different musical styles: latin, electropop, hip-hop, some 80s Euro stuff. Trouble is, it's mostly unoriginal and repetitive. Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by Geoff Arnold
Although English is the only language I understand, I really enjoy listening to Da'Zoo. They have a great sound. Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Jeff ten Bosch
Wish I spoke Spanish. I love electronic dance music and this was no disappointment. Since I don't actually speak Spanish I can't relate to the lyrics but the overall vibe is... Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by James D. Nichol
To be fair to the artists, I have to admit that I was expecting something completely different (think Gypsie Kings, etc). This is definitely a hipper, fresher beat than that. Read morePublished on November 19, 2009 by Carter's Mom
I listened to this when I was tired of listening to everything else I had in the car. My original thought was that, "Hey, this is a little bit different," and I think I enjoyed... Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by James Duckett
There are a couple of cuts on this CD--especially the first two--that are fantastic. The beginning of cut 1 is crazy, cartoony and fun and the rest will have you boppin' in your... Read morePublished on September 24, 2009 by Sheri in Reho
Way too much for me. If you are into techno this is your album. This will pretty much be a dust collector.Published on September 17, 2009 by Michael Hilton
I don't speak any language (besides English) with any proficiency. If I'm on the train, and two folks are speaking in German, or French, or Spanish, I can get a lot of what they're... Read morePublished on September 17, 2009 by J. Rose
It's hard to work this into a full review, because "electropop by numbers" pretty much says it all. The vocals, the music, the overall experience... Read morePublished on September 8, 2009 by Michigoon