El Guincho - Alegranza
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2008 Ratings: #155 / 758
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
March 1, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL Recordings / Beggars Group / Label
Experimental / Genres
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Alegranza! does two things that often appear separately in records you fall in love with, but rarely together: On the one hand, it reminds you of so much other music you love, and on the other, it sounds little like any of them. Spanish artist El Guincho (real name: Pablo Díaz-Reixa) makes music from Spanish chanting, thudding tribal rhythms, ghostly harmonies, and the bits and pieces of a thousand as-yet-unwritten pop songs. It's a combination that won't be appearing in any pop how-to guides any time soon. The impressive and probably unwittingly fashionable source material-- Afrobeat, dub, Tropicália, and early rock'n'roll-- and the irresistibility of these songs can only briefly obscure the fact that no one else is really making music quite like this.

Only 25 ratings??? That's just not right.

Coming from the producer most well known as the producer of El Mal Querer and an overall close collaborator with Rosalia, it's pretty surprising that this album isn't more well known. Alegranza is a wonderfully colorful art pop album that fuses traditional hispanic music elements with electronic sounds and some of the most soothing vocals ever recorded. Relying heavily on looped instrumentals that build steadily as each song progresses, El Guincho ... read more
El Guincho is an artist who recently got some long overdue international recognition for his work on Rosalia's fantastic sophomore album El Mal Querer. I was curious to find out more about this producer after listening to all the beautiful details on said album and I stumbled upon this gem from 2008. Seeing that it was out on XL and Beggars, I thought it must be an interesting project.

Well, it's more than interesting. In fact, I've heard people saying that this album is analogous to Panda ... read more
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