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  • Summary: After six years, Manu Chao releases his fourth studio album in the U.S.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Now, like an intermittent short-wave transmission that suddenly catches a clear and vivid frequency, Radiolina comes into sharp focus, defining a mature sound in a mesmerizing collection of 21 new tracks.
  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. This is a speedier pop suite suitable for dancing or straightening up the flat.
  4. On La Radiolina, an unmistakable molotov cocktail of fierce resistance anthems, Manu Chao continues to do what he does best.
  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. 40
    In Europe, Manu Chao shifts albums by the millions, but there is little here to make one think Britain is missing out. [Oct 2007, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. LucasC.
    Sep 12, 2007
    10
    Excellent.
  2. Andrej
    Sep 27, 2007
    10
    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
    10
    It takes me to so many places in the world in the stagnant air of my small living room!
  4. GiorgosL.
    Sep 22, 2007
    9
    Better than esperanza, worse than clandestino or dimance a bamako - worth listening to.
  5. pix101
    Sep 13, 2007
    7
    Got nothing on Clandestino or Esperanza, but still worth a listen!!
  6. DanielleS.
    Oct 30, 2007
    6
    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 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
    5
    Nothing spectacular IMHO.

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