Kronos Quartet; Briseno, Lara, Esquivel / Nuevo
Album: Nuevo   Collection:Classical
Artist:Kronos Quartet; Briseno, Lara, Esquivel   Added:Apr 2002
Label:Nonesuch Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2002-11-25 Pull Date: 2003-01-27 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Jan 26 Jan 19 Jan 12 Jan 5 Dec 29 Dec 8 Dec 1
Airplays: 2 2 2 2 1 2 4

Recent Airplay
1. May 12, 2006: The National Congress Of Vaselines
Mini Skirt
4. Nov 16, 2004: Eclectica
El Sinaloense
2. Feb 07, 2006: Eclectica: more mustaches?
Mini Skirt
5. Sep 22, 2004: Baptism of Civility
Mini Skirt
3. Aug 11, 2005: Eran Mukamel
6. Sep 02, 2004: Baptism of Solitude (extended remix)
Mini Skirt

Album Review
Reviewed 2002-11-20
First of all, if you couldn't tell by the artist name, this cd is freaking great. Do not pidgeonhole this - it is NOT DIFFICULT, arty-experimental-edge music that they often do, nor is it stuffy classical. This is a sweet record of music from and inspired by Mexico. And they do a great job of evoking the spirit of Mexico, with traditional beats, sounds, harmonies, and so on. Sometimes the sounds here are amped electrified and distorted, hardly identifiable as a string quartet, as well as sampled sounds and weirdness, and some rock songs. You can tell they just had a ton of fun making this recording - there's a festive feel throughout. Man this is great. FUN FOR EVERYONE! -nari

1. ahh, this takes me back to Three Caballeros, festive energetic waltz
2. sweet serenade, subdued romantic acoustic strings; ahh, mi amor
3. HAHA.. this is called "mini skirt" you'll see why.. has an upright-bass-I-feel-naughty sound, quick pulse
4. traditional folk song, brisk & jaunty, spanish male vocals
5. big orchestral swells, over-the-top romanticism, sounds like a film score from the 50's
6. dark and muddy, kind of a primitive Stravinsky rite of spring thing
7. post rock!! moody and low key; sultry string sweeps introduce nobukazu-like soft electronic tones and a texture of sampled voices.
8. sounds tango-y. snappy toss-your-hair beat, catchy! sexy violin. also, strangely evocative of dry open plains, b/c of the electric guitar
9. starts with a few dramatic string swells, then an eerie electronic middle section with sampled sounds from Mexico City, PLAY
10. this is hilarious playful string of little folk tunes, Beethoven, kazoo, and whistle. fun.
11. *very quiet* mysterious, ethereal layers of a harp-like instrument
12. sounds like happy chickenscratch w/ that whomp-chuck-chuck beat
13. electric guitar with that theremin-like pedal, evocative of open plains, very reverb and bendy; slow & lovely until -7:43; then freeform sample collage of recordings from Café Tacuba till -3:49; acoustic end.
14. dance mix of track one

Track Listing
1. Severiano Briseño: El Sinaloense   8. Margarita Lecuona: Tabu (Taboo)
2. Agustín Lara: Se Me Hizo Facil   9. Belisario García De Jesús/José Elizondo: Cuatro Milpas (Four Cornfields)
3. Juan Garcia Esquivel: Mini Skirt   10. Ludwig Van Beethoven/Ricardo Gallardo: Chavosuite
4. Traditional: El Llorar (Crying)   11. Ariel Guzik: Plasmaht
5. Alberto Dominguez: Perfida   12. Chalino Sanchez: Nacho Verduzco
6. Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemaya For Orchestra   13. Café Tacuba: 12/12
7. Osvaldo Golijov: K'in Sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe (Festival For The Holy Mothe   14. Severiano Briseño: El Sinalonses (Dance Mix)