La Radiolina - Manu Chao
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  • Summary: After six years, Manu Chao releases his fourth studio album in the U.S.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    La Radiolina reaches out beyond it's core audience to a universal constituency, not so much a world music record as a global-rock mission statement.
  2. 92
    La Radiolina emerges as a delicious bouillabaisse of gypsy punk, reggae and countless indigenous sounds, expertly stirred by a band of brawling pirates who plunder each port for musical spices and then add them to the cauldron.
  3. He's a one-man musical melting pot who synthesizes several continents' worth of ideas, sounds, and slogans into one swinging all-night dance party. This is internationalism at its funkiest.
  4. The jumble of languages and sounds gives La Radiolina the feel of a noisy, colorful street bazaar where there's chaotic beauty on the surface and a certain poetic logic that runs underneath.
  5. Eventually La Radiolina's more guitar-based sonics will feel inevitable too, especially once you follow the same dynamic riff through three consecutive songs up front.
  6. It's a safe album, almost exactly what you'd expect from Chao. The artist continues to be the best (perhaps only) provider out there of Clash-inspired polylingual punk rock, but for a musician who built his solo reputation on quirkiness and innovation, the disc feels a bit flat.
  7. Desgraciadamente, that's when Radiolina smashes against the wall. Fragments--stadium chants--rather than songs compound a larger issue of 'Rainin in Paradize' drenching the rest of the album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. LucasC.
    Sep 12, 2007
  2. Andrej
    Sep 27, 2007
    If it is possible, I would vote not just 10, but 10+! It is surprisingly sad, but in same time very vibrant and positive CD.
  3. TamaraN.
    Oct 16, 2007
    It takes me to so many places in the world in the stagnant air of my small living room!
  4. GiorgosL.
    Sep 22, 2007
    Better than esperanza, worse than clandestino or dimance a bamako - worth listening to.
  5. pix101
    Sep 13, 2007
    Got nothing on Clandestino or Esperanza, but still worth a listen!!
  6. DanielleS.
    Oct 30, 2007
    I was deeply disappointed in this CD. I am a HUGE Manu Chao fan and this latest album seemed to me like a scattered, disorganized mess. There is obviously a message somewhere in there, but tragically it got lost in a sea of electric guitar tracks and...more electric guitar tracks. Whatever his latest influence is, it needs replacing. Go back to your roots, Manu! Expand
  7. NickP.
    Sep 10, 2007
    Nothing spectacular IMHO.

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