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Lounge Music Goes Latin

by Catherine Galioto
August 10, 2001

File Under: Rap/Hip-Hop
rating: 4.2 out of 5
tracks

1. Stan Getz w/ Antonio Carlos Jobim, "The Girl from Ipanema"

2. Juan Esquivel, "Mucha Machacha"

3. The Sandpipers, "Guantanamera"

4. Baja Marimba Band, "Cast Your Fate to the Wind"

5. Xavier Cugat, "Papa Loves Mambo"

6. The Mexicans, "Surfin' Senorita"

7. Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66, "Look of Love"

8. Caltjader, "Soul Sauce"

9. Edmundo Ros, "Brazil"

10. David Rose, "Intermezzo"

11. Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66, "Mais Que Nada"

12. Frank Chacksfield, "April in Portugal"

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  • A world of upscale cabanas, velour beach towels and other elements of the fine art of leisure come alive in "Lounge Music Goes Latin."

    JThe album is sweating with talent: classic songs, easily recognizable, are alongside hidden gems. The tracks, which number 12, are all enjoyable, whether providing great examples of the genres of music contained therein, or for their camp value.

    On this compilation, we have examples of Latin-based culture surfacing in several ways: whether discussing Latin things, speaking the languages, or playing the music of the Latin cultures. The album certainly can be described as having that Latin spice.

    Yet, many of the songs are more relaxing than they are spicy, as can be expected from the Lounge set. Regardless, each track is near unforgettable, adding up to an unforgettable collection of songs.

    Here, you'll find the classic version of "The Girl from Ipanema," but also great versions of "Guantanamera" and "Papa Loves Mambo." Production and musicality surmount par, leading to an album easy to listen to and even easier to enjoy.

    My favorite track is the quiet "Cast your Fate to the Wind" by Baja Marimba Band, which takes what appears to be a xylophone and couples it with an acoustic guitar line, for a great instrumental.

    The album is evenly divided between instrumental and vocal tracks, and between Latin languages and English. One track many people know the words to, "Papa Loves Mambo" appears in instrumental form, with the upbeat performance of Xavier Cugat.

    "Lounge Music Goes Latin" showcases a great range in tempo too, with the slower, relaxing songs to those midtempo, as well as other faster beats. However, each song is pulse-racing for the fact it all sounds so good.

    The album is a great look into how Latin influence adds to the sound that is Lounge music.

    Catherine Galioto is a staff writer. Contact her at msmatilda@rockzone.com.


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