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Proxima Estación: Esperanza Import

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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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The debut from Manu Chao, the former leader of French world-punks Lo Mano Negra, leaned heavily on Latin America for its inspiration, but this time around he's obviously been spending time--at least in his head--in the Caribbean. Reggae rhythms abound, and the opener "Merry Blues" features some wonderfully wonky Jamaican-style brass, while "Promiscuity" takes its cue from Trinidadian calypso. Of course, this being Chao, there are plenty of playful touches--from ringing cell phones to speeded-up vocals--and inevitably there are the Latin influences throughout to remind you of what remains close to his heart ("La Primavera" in particular is a standout). But there's also some recycling from the last album, with two pieces sharing the "King of Bongo" melody, including "Mr. Bobby," his tribute to Bob Marley, and that's a little worrying. Is Manu Chao running out of inspiration? Certainly this doesn't have the freshness of Clandestino, however enjoyable it may be. If anything, it seems more of a holding action rather than a giant step forward. But sometimes that's necessary to be able to look to the future. --Chris Nickson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Merry Blues
  2. Bixo
  3. El Dorado 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


Product details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin France
  • ASIN: B00005BF9Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,053 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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