July 25, 1998 |
*** 1/2 Aterciopelados, "Caribe Atomico," BMG. This record of bossa nova cloaked in velvety electronica finds the Colombian rock en espan~ol band trimmed down to its two key members: singer Andrea Echeverri and bassist Hector Buitrago. What surprises here is the growth shown by Aterciopelados in the two years since the release of their last album. The songs brim with ambiguous melodic lines and oblique loops and samples, with Echeverri's voice floating hypnotically over the quiet soundscapes.
September 25, 2005 |
Various Artists "Sounds Eclectico" (KCRW/Nacional Records) * * * * THIS disc of Latino-themed sessions from the "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show on KCRW-FM (89.9) could serve as a cool primer to Latin Alternative music and its many permutations -- from the lounge-rock of Los Amigos Invisibles and the haunting acoustic pop of Jorge Drexler to L.A. favorites Los Lobos and Ozomatli. But the collection is simply indispensable for serious Latin rock fans.
November 4, 2000 |
Think of this record as the kind of vulnerable love letter a man might write to the object of his affection without expecting anything in return. The man in question is British record producer and salsa aficionado Richard Blair. The recipient is Colombia and its bewitching music scene.
March 1, 2003 |
Never underestimate the positive effects of motherhood on a passionate Latina chanteuse. That was a possible reaction after witnessing Aterciopelados' powerhouse performance Thursday at the Palace, the veteran Colombian group's first L.A. concert since singer Andrea Echeverri gave birth to a baby girl last year.
January 20, 2005 |
At Avalon: Erasure on May 13-15; tickets on sale Saturday. Ludacris, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz and Ciara on Feb. 12 at the Universal Amphitheatre; tickets on sale Saturday. At the Wiltern LG: Joe Cocker on March 18, Elvis Costello on March 26; tickets on sale Sunday. Jimmy Buffett will head for the Arrowhead Pond on April 7; tickets on sale Monday. At the Henry Fonda Theatre: The Polyphonic Spree on Feb. 21; tickets on sale Saturday.