Alegranza

El Guincho - Alegranza
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Based on 19 reviews
2008 Ratings: #155 / 739
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Based on 18 ratings
March 1, 2008 / Release Date
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XL Recordings / Beggars Group / Label
Experimental / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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Pitchfork

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.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#25/PopMatters
#33/Spin
#39/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. Palmitos Park
  2. Antillas
  3. Fata Morgana
  4. Kalise
  5. Cuando Maravilla Fui
  6. Buenos Matrimonios Ahi Fuera
  7. Costa Paraiso
  8. Prez Lagarto
  9. Polca Mazurca
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