Alegrias - Howe Gelb
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 27, 2011
    80
    Alegrias is a breezy yet luxuriant exercise in cultural fusion with none of the setbacks: it's a quiet stunner.
  2. May 27, 2011
    63
    Alegrias is a pleasant stylistic diversion, another in a long series of non-revelations. That's Gelb's appeal: a guy, a thoughtful guy, who won't press you into adoration, even when he deserves it.
  3. May 31, 2011
    60
    Alegrias bends gems from his Byzantine catalogue into new shapes. [Jun 2011, p.97]
  4. May 27, 2011
    80
    Since Gelb started working mainly as a solo artist, these collaborations have arguably been his strongest, most convincing works. His collaborators have provided challenging but appropriate accompaniments for his florid musings.
  5. May 27, 2011
    70
    Alegrias never sips the same poison for any length of time, like a cocktail that doesn't care how it gets drunk. It should be noted that like anything meant to satisfy innumerable tastes, Alegrias is likely to impress and frustrate in equal measure.
  6. May 27, 2011
    70
    It's striking how well the gypsy sound fits with older material, but even so, the best song on Alegrias was written specifically for the album.

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