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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 22-JUN-2004
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Ozomatli's sound is like the musical manifestion of racial and cultural unity. They combine so many different musical styles, and do so with amazingly effortless style. Despite the extreme diversity, the music is never cluttered or offputting. Everything fits together perfectly, and the music is always fun, upbeat, and exciting. It's like a perfect symbol of different races and creeds living together in harmony. And, their positive lyrical messages on that very subject help to perpetuate that image.
Musically, there is more going on here than I could possibly put into words. The band uses an extensive arsenal of instruments, including strings, horns, tribal percussion, and jazzy piano. A song can go from salsa, to hip hop, to tribal, to jazz, all in the blink of an eye. "Believe", the opening track, gets everything started in this fashion immediately. Starting with a fiery Latin melody, adorned with strings, it soon moves into a smooth rap part to humble any modern rapper that's popular today. "Love & Hope" and "Who Discovered America?" are a bit more straight-forward pop, with a bit of a Los Lonely Boys feel. The title track and "Saturday Night" are more rap-oriented, with jazzy undertones. "Who's to Blame?" is an intense tribal beat driven track, with amazing vitriolic rap vocals (he barely takes a breath throughout the whole song).
As the album goes, the Spanish influence begins to shine through more. The album features lyrics both in English and Spanish, mostly in Spanish in the latter half.Read more ›
I have to say that picking this album up was a wise decision. For those that don't know, Ozomatli is a multiracial band, and while I don't know any of the members by name yet, each member successfully brings something to the table. There are elements of rap, salsa, rock, and Tejano (among other styles) to be found on here, and they all blend together well to make a good mix.
While it's hard to pick a favorite song on here, "Believe" and the title track definitely spring to mind. And the party joint "Saturday Night" actually comes off very well. Basically, you can call Ozomatli hip-hop, progressive rock, or whatever you want, but all you really need to do is start paying attention to some street signs.
The album is incredible! Every song is in a different style (from hip-hop to quaint old fashioned Latina ballads to funk to salsa to rap to ranchero and even some very good jazz piano), yet each is exactly what it should be -- and everything seems to be played with great intensity and pleasure. It's an album that gets under your skin; the tunes keep playing in my head (but not in that annoying way that overly sweet pop tunes can). And these guys are musically ambitious, never afraid to push the envelope and bring together very different musical traditions in a way that really works, and is really exciting.
Ozomatli has opened up a whole new world of music for me. I guess I'll have to try out their earlier albums now.
This CD is nothing but a study in excellence. Outstanding musicianship, wild (and wide) world influences (check the Arabic flava of 'Believe' and the strings on 'Love and Hope'...My girlfriend even thought that when 'Believe' kicked in, that I had put on a Rachid Taha CD)...And the band brings the FUNK. That 'Saturday Night' is the single ain't no surprise, but what did surprise me was the DC, Trouble Funk go-go sound the band kicks out. Overall, I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite track on this CD, and the production is absolutely top-notch.
Pick up 'Street Signs' without delay. In our culture, where political art is too often met with indifference, Ozomatli are more than up to the task of mixing it up and making music and action matter again. Plus, it's a PARTY, and who doesn't love that?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Street Signs is one of my favorite CD's and thanks to Amazon I now own it!!! Thanks Amazon...Published on July 21, 2014 by Tha Man
If you like rap, if you like Latin, if you like up beat and positive...Ozo are your guys and this is a great album to start with (or add to your collection). Great songs... Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by david troen-krasnow
If you loved Ozo's self titled debut release, do yourself a favor and pick up this album. You will fall in love all over again.Published on November 11, 2010 by Jaxon
Want a world tour in about an hour? Take a trip with Ozomatli and don't even worry about getting your luggage lost--and don't take off your shoes. You are going to want to dance. Read morePublished on April 22, 2008 by R. Kyle
I'm a Ozomatli fan, but the last song of this album is written in poor Spanish. It's a shame!
They write: "Cuando canto mi cancion, quiero inspirar mi gente con una solucion"... Read more
Every song is fabulous and I feel instantaneously cooler just listening to it. I can't get enough of the feel good, latin/jazz/hip hop/middle eastern music vibes. Read morePublished on April 10, 2007 by Annamj
Drawing on influences from all over the globe, Ozo continues to amaze. I heard the track Believe on the local Pacifica affiliate right after a horrifying dispatch from Iraq. Read morePublished on February 4, 2007 by Shredword
I took a chance on this one because Amazon recommended it based upon other purchases of mine.
Not a winner for me. Read more
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