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Mariachi El Bronx Import

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Debut album from the LA punk band. NME gave it 8 of 10 stating 'When one of our favourite hardcore bands announced they'd been working on a mariachi project, we wondered if it was for comedic value. On our side of the Atlantic this venture could have been greeted with a wall of confused silence, but the LA outfit have achieved something special. And not just musically; they've allowed US a small education in traditional Hispanic sounds and informed US that LA has not one but two beating hearts, blending the sort of creativity into it's people most Hollywood composers would kill for.' Wichita Records. 2009.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cell Mates
  2. Litigation
  3. Despretador
  4. Quinceniera
  5. Sleepwalking
  6. Silver or Lead
  7. Slave Labor
  8. Clown Powder
  9. Holy
  10. My Brother the Gun
  11. My Love


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wichita UK
  • ASIN: B002CKWQKI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Elliot Parent on August 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I haven't been keeping up with music news for some time now. I was completely unaware of The Bronx forming a mariachi band, I've simply enjoyed the three self titled albums they've put out, so when I saw this at Cheapo for $5, I just grabbed it without thinking. My first thought was: there's mariachi in the title, maybe this is just an intro and they'll kick it up after a minute or so. After the first song it became apparent that they really were making a mariachi album. Yet more surprising to me was the fact that I really don't take to mariachi music, yet I kept listening, and I never really felt disappointed that I wasn't getting the punk album I was expecting.

I don't know much of anything about this style of music, as I said I've never really taken to it before, I'd like to think I have a pretty vast range of taste in music but for some reason or another mariachi has always kinda turned me off. However they seem to really bring something to the table here that I haven't appreciated before. I've been enjoying it the past couple of days and I have no doubt they probably kill it live, it probably won't have a regular re-play value like their other CDs, but I think I'll probably come back to it now and then. So really it's a three star review, but it gets four for simply getting me to think differently about a genre I'd previously shrugged off.
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They have done a very good job with genre! Very well written/thought out lyrics. Horns are very crisp. I have always liked mariachi but my spanish is poor.
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I heard the musicans interviewed on NPR and loved their attitude -- an unabashed love of music -- so I decided to give the album a try. What luck! I'm not normally fond of either punk or mariachi, but these songs are captivating, engaging, and performed with spirit and art. The composer respects the traditions of mariachi, but somehow, perhaps because the lyrics are in English, it seems much more accessible. Unless you just hate horns, I think that you will find something to enjoy in Mariachi El Bronx.
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As a white bread middle class, classical, jazz, rock and roll, funk, and blues fan, who grew up in Detroit in the 60s, my exposure to mariachi came when I moved to San Francisco in the 1970's. Along with Tito Puente live in the Mission, there was this Mexican Classical form called mariachi that I could not understand because the lyrics were in Spanish.
Mariachi just was filled with tradition, the lyric of which was undecipherable because of the language problem, but the musical construction and pathos apparent in the music itself reminded me of the sincerity of the Blues. With Mariachi El Bronx's version the true spirit of Mariachi is now available in its complete form to music lovers who can not speak Spanish. Than you thank you thank you....you have freed an art form and shared it with the English speaking world. I can see this as an educational blow to those who fear cultures that they do not understand, and practice hate as a result. You have brought understanding, the real purposes of musical communication other than just entertainment.
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The Mariachi El Bronx I (one) album vs the second album Mariachi El Bronx (II) is a stark contrast. The improvement in the music is stunning. This was a bit of a surprise, as I purchased the second album first, if this is any indication of the strides that they are making the third album should be a knock out. Both albums are worth purchasing and I will look for the next, and I will go see them live if the opportunity presents its self.
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I have always been a huge fan of the Bronx, and was very skeptical when i heard they were doing this project. I was a fool! I didn't realize Matt actually sang on either of the 2 records, and i assumed they were going to be instrumental. I bought Mariachi El Bronx II, and was so impressed that i had to get this one as well. These 2 records alone are in my top playlist, and have been for the past couple of months. The songs are the same quality as you would expect the Bronx to bring, but it different. I'm very glad that i went ahead and checked it out. If you like good music, and have an open mind, check it out!
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