La Radiolina

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. There are some great songs here, including the infuriatingly catchy 'Politik Kills' along with the swirling catalogue of global problems, 'Rainin in Paradize,' and the charmingly upbeat 'Besoin de la Lune.' Then there's the Spanish-influenced 'Me Llaman Calle,' and a furious wailing French rocker about motorway panic--followed by a batch of songs that mostly sound like Manu Chao on cruise control.
  2. The disappointment of La Radiolina is that Manu Chao’s music isn’t as arrestingly odd as it used to be. Too often his band’s ska-punk gets uncomfortably close to dull rock, and the repetition doesn’t communicate we are all singing the same song
  3. Spin
    60
    Though his global messages aren't particularly deep, his skilled, spirited execution sets him apart from other peacenik troubadours. [Oct 2007, p.101]
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    [In the UK], he's still something of a curiousity and likely to remain so, despite Tristeza Maleza's sweet, summery lilt and the Bob Marley-like festival anthem 'Politik Kills.'
  5. La Radiolina is the most rockist album of his solo career--and also the most disappointing.
  6. 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.
  7. Mojo
    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]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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! Full Review »
  2. TamaraN.
    Oct 16, 2007
    10
    It takes me to so many places in the world in the stagnant air of my small living room!
  3. 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.