: Mundo

by: Rubén Blades

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Sony
EAN: 0037628462521
Item Dimensions: 4356225500
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Sony U.S. Latin
Model: 1999832
MPN: MFR037628462521#VG
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: September 17, 2002
Publisher: Sony U.S. Latin
Release Date: September 17, 2002
Running Time: 69 minutes
Studio: Sony U.S. Latin

Disc 1:
  1. Estampa
  2. First Circle
  3. Primogenio
  4. Bochinches
  5. Ella
  6. Parao
  7. Como Nosotros
  8. El Capitan Y La Sirena
  9. Sebastian
  10. Consideración
  11. Jiri Son Bali
  12. Danny Boy
  13. La Ruta
  14. A San Patricio
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Blades,Ruben ~ Mundo
Ruben Blades has long been a Latin music superstar, though this album confirms suspicions he may be feeling constrained by the expectations of the genre. While others have tried their hand at the transcultural "world music" soufflé Blades masterfully whips up here, few have achieved the inviting, warm results the Panamanian vet delivers on Mundo. But Blades wisely never loses sight that however far his musical curiosity takes him, he can still only filter the results through the prism of his own experience and traditions. Thus, there's an elegantly deceptive sense of the organic here, whether covering the Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays anthem "First Circle" (which showcases Brazil's Boca Livre and Costa Rica's Editus) or the traditional "Danny Boy" (which seamlessly fuses Celtic and Afro-Cuban influences with help from Lupa Mason and her soaring soprano). Blades also pays tribute to Brazilian songwriter Gilberto Gil with the glorious harmonies of "Consideración" (a passionate reworking of Gil's "Oriente") and infuses the Malian traditional "Jiri Son Bali" with mambo rhythms. But the album's most subtle cocktails issue from Blades' originals, from the gypsy homages "Parao" and "Bochinches" (the latter fueled by savory, Havana-meets-Tangier flourishes) to the reflective, jazzy "Ella" and "La Ruta," and the joyous Uilleann pipe-tinged "Sebastian" and the romping "A San Patricio." These are tracks illuminated by Blades' passionate humanism, a compelling musical argument that our cultural differences should only be the seasoning for our common dreams. –-Jerry McCulley

Average Rating: none

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