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Review of The Incredible NANÁ

The Incredible NANÁ

Naná Vasconcelos with Agustín Pereyra Lucena

Altercat

Rating: ★★★★

A de facto solo debut of sorts yet only ever released in Argentina, The Incredible NANÁ dates back to 1971...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Plastic Bouquet

Plastic Bouquet

Kacy

New West Records

Rating: ★★★

Songlines readers of a certain vintage and musical proclivity will recall It’s a Beautiful Day, a San Francisco- based folk-rock...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Trench Songs

Trench Songs

The Fugitives

Borealis Records

Rating: ★★★

You might think an album of trench songs, featuring lyrics written by soldiers in World War I, would make for...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Rastilho

Rastilho

Kiko Dinucci

Top of the World

Mais Um

Rating: ★★★★

One aspect of 60s and 70s Brazilian music that is often over-looked is the fact that it made acoustic instruments...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Veracruz: Sones y Flores

Veracruz: Sones y Flores

Duo Coincidencia

Cugate Classics

Rating: ★★★

Think of a male/female acoustic guitar duo, add Mexico to the equation and you may well come up with Rodrigo...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Albores

Albores

Dino Saluzzi

ECM

Rating: ★★★

The Argentinian bandoneón maestro Dino Saluzzi is a rara avis. He doesn’t play the nostalgic tango-covers card. Nor, despite hailing...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Music for the Mother

Music for the Mother

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Underwater Panther Coalition

Rating: ★★

The Sierra Nevada is a special mountain range. On the Caribbean coast, it’s the highest peak on any ocean and,...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Tropical Forest Project: Ecuador

Tropical Forest Project: Ecuador

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Ginkgo Music

Rating: ★★★

At first glance, the list of artists for this compilation appear too disparate to result in anything coherent: there’s Dobet...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of La Locura de Machuca 1975-1980

La Locura de Machuca 1975-1980

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Analog Africa

Rating: ★★★★

Discos Machuca was a seminal Afro-cumbia label in late 70s Colombia. Founded by a tax lawyer who reinvented himself as...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon

Top of the World

Nonesuch Records

Rating: ★★★★★

Sam Amidon, the radical recombinator of traditional folk music, has concocted a delightfully diabolical set of experiments, unleashing a Frankenstein’s...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

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