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Review of Remezcla/Pe

Remezcla/Pe

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Selvamonos

Rating: ★★★★★

Remezcla is ‘remix’ in Spanish; Pe is the URL country code of Peru. Each of the 15 songs on this...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Buena Vista Social Club: 25th Anniversary Edition

Buena Vista Social Club: 25th Anniversary Edition

Buena Vista Social Club

World Circuit

Rating: ★★★★★

Readers of Songlines will need no reminder of how the combination of Ry Cooder's meticulous production, a cast of veteran...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of City of Mirrors

City of Mirrors

Dos Santos

International Anthem

Rating: ★★★

Dos Santos are based in Chicago, but as the five-piece's surnames/nicknames – Chavez, Villarreal, ‘Maestro’ Vale, Garza, Karagianis – indicate,...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones

Rating: ★★★

Hailing from the Yukon Territory in the far north of Canada, The Lucky Ones took their name from Alistair MacLeod's...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of My Bluegrass Heart

My Bluegrass Heart

Béla Fleck | Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabaté

Top of the World

Renew Records/BMG

Rating: ★★★★★

Bela Fleck's paean to the genre in which the banjoist established himself as a virtuosic instrumentalist and innovative composer is...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Chimney Swifts

Chimney Swifts

Brad Kolodner

Fenchurch Music

Rating: ★★★

Brad Kolodner's solo debut album, Chimney Swifts, is a splendid introduction to contemporary clawhammer banjo music. Kolodner's playing and choice...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of The Importance of Being Espetacular

The Importance of Being Espetacular

Thiago França Presents A Espetacular Charanga Do França

Mais Um

Rating: ★★★★

The avant-garde saxophonist, samba revivalist and Metá Metá co-founder Thiago França has been running the Carnaval charanga band A Espetacular...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of The Faux Paws

The Faux Paws

The Faux Paws

Great Bear Records

Rating: ★★★

With a sound soaked in the contra dance and bluegrass tradition, The Faux Paws (brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand and...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Paz en la Tierra

Paz en la Tierra

Meridian Brothers & Conjunto Media Luna

Top of the World

Bongo Joe

Rating: ★★★★

Musically, this is the most conventional album of Meridian Brothers main-man Eblis Álvarez's career. Colombia's traditional music has always been...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Alborotá

Alborotá

Alea

Alea Music

Rating: ★★★

Alborotá (meaning loud, rowdy, riotous in the feminine form) is an album created to explore notions of strength, perseverance, feminism...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

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