Mexico - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 2 - 12/24/96
Avalancha de Exitos
Warner Music Mexico (WEA Latina)
At first listen, Chilanga Banda, the first single from Warner Music
Mexico's Café Tacuba sounds like someone rapping with a mouth full of
oatmeal. In fact, the lyrics are so complicated, that the album arrived from
Warner Music with an accompanying glossary of terms for the song. What else
would you expect from a band with a lead singer currently named Anonimo
which translates from Spanish to "anonymous," but who changes his name for
each album? (On the last album Re, he was known as Cosme!)
With Avalancha de Exitos,
Café Tacuba delivers a fresh new album with eight songs, each
distinct in sound, and each different from their previous albums. With this
band you never know what to expect, but are always pleasantly surprised.
Café Tacuba was released in 1992, featuring the hit ballad Maria and
Re, which garnered excellent reviews, and an MTV Latino Video Award for
Video Of The Year (for the single La Ingrata) was the follow up,
containing twenty, count them twenty songs, drawing from all genre of music.
This band doesn't miss a trick, featuring a ska/rock sound drawn from the
influence of boleros, punk, merengue, metal, jazz, and even mambo. And for
Chilanga Banda, the lyrics are entirely in Mexican slang, so even if you
know Spanish, you will probably still need to use that glossary we mentioned.
(For those of you not lucky enough to have the dictionary - the song is a
harsh portrait of life today in Mexico city, and addresses subjects such as
alcohol abuse, prostitution, gangs, drugs, and police brutality - the title
translates to "Thankless Woman").
This album features such diversity as No
Controles which at times reminds you of the riffs of Rage Against The
Machine, Ojala Que Llueva Café, which will be the next single and was
written by the reknowned Juan Luis Guerra, and given a different flair here,
and Perfidia, an instrumental track which is soothing in the midst of this
fast paced album. Café Tacuba have been known for their pioneering ways, and
varied influences in music, and this album is no exception, sounding like a
cross between Rage Against The Machine meets the Beastie Boys meets 440 meets
the B 52's and everything else in between. Whatever kind of music you
prefer, there is bound to be something in here you like, with Café Tacuba
proving again that the universal language of music can cross all barriers.
Copyright © 1996 Allison Winkler