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Place In The Sun

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LA's latin alternative stalwarts make their Vanguard debut with 'Place in the Sun,' a sun-soaked mélange of rock, cumbia, hip-hop, funk, dub, and all-around goodness.
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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B00HVF12JU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By S. Hanley on April 2, 2014
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On Place in the Sun, the eighth album from LA Latino funk collective Ozomatli, the band eschews its grittier, politically charged earlier ethos in favor of a more pop sound. "..."it’s really surprising at how poppy their sound had become over the decade."

The fact that Ozomatli has been making music for this long is an accomplishment in itself and a testament to the commitment of their fan base, driven in large part by the radioactive energy of their live performance. I had a chance to see Ozomatli rock a crowd of about a thousand mostly white, middle aged beach folk down in Florida over a decade ago. Proving their chops more than any album ever could is their ability to connect with seemingly polar opposites through the diplomacy of funk. I got into Ozomatli because I was into DJing, funk music, and anything by Cut Chemist.

After only the first album their material departed from hip-hop infused beats provided by the Jurassic 5 co-founder, to the point where now the presence of the DJ is unheard on this album. That’s not good or bad, just an observation. Hopefully they still at least have a DJ in their live shows, as this was one of the major things that sparked a lot of people’s interest in them in the first place.

What’s up for debate is the quality of this record, and overall, as an album, it is bad. From a fan’s perspective, this is difficult to say, as both their live show and some of their older material is amazing. The first five tracks on this album feel like the members were trying in earnest to write the most amazing pop song for every style of music they could play. Batucada? Check. Electro? Check. Pop Rock? Check. Reggae primed for the nearest Sandals resort? Check. Slow-jam Salsa? You get the picture.
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I have been a fan of Ozomatli since their first album, and this new one is one of my favorites! The songs are all so catchy and upbeat, and the production sounds way better than the last album. If you are an OZO fan, it is absolutely worth buying.
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Over the years, Ozo has moved away from the fusion style of music they pioneered on their earlier albums, and toward a more radio-friendly pop-centric sound. While their music is still fun and catchy, I find myself routinely skipping tracks when listening in my car; something I never would have done on their earlier albums. The biggest difference to me is the lack of a DJ on their last couple albums, which brought a dimension that I feel is sorely lacking now. Overall, "Place in the Sun" is still a fine album, but to me would rank in the bottom half of Ozomatli's catalog.
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Where others have said it better, I'll simply say that this album is unfortunate pop nonsense.
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It's about time for a new Ozomatli CD! I love all the songs and they're amazing live. I was disappointed that the album is just 30 minutes long. Not enough for a die-hard Ozohead! I want more and to see them live. :)
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Quite different from what I remember from years ago.
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By Madman on December 20, 2014
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Give them a try and you will love this band
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Awesome music by one of my favorite bands.
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