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Ozomatli / Street Signs
Album:Street Signs Collection:World
Artist:Ozomatli Added:05/2004
Label:Concord Jazz, Inc. 

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Add Date:2004-05-24 Pull Date:2004-07-26 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2004-05-17 
OZOMATLI – “Street Signs”
Concord, 2004

Man, Ozomatli is a hard band to pin down. Over the years KZSU has filed their music under hip-hop, general, and occasionally world. I’m putting this album in the latter category, partly because the band has added Middle Eastern rhythms and instruments to their usual Latin-hiphop blend on some tracks. It may sound strange, but it works, like a more streetwise version of Transglobal Underground. Other tracks cover the gamut of urban Latin party music. Lyrics mix Spanish and English. If you like your music hot, funky, and just a little exotic, check this out.

Try any track. Fo’s picks: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 12

1. 5:02 – catchy, with dramatic strings, oud bassline, rapped break right in the middle
2. 4:24 – rai-meets-lowrider melodic hook, soulful English vocal, heavy groove
3. 3:46 – hot multicultural rap over funky clave rhythm with Gipsy Kings-ish accents
4. 4:35 – Latin soul-rock in the Santana vein, slower tempo; fuzzy guitar solo
5. 3:13 – PLAY THIS! Cool stylistic mix (snake-charmer ragga?) and a great political rap
6. 3:50 – busy midtempo ballad with Spanish vocal, lots of strings (almost a tango)
7. 3:59 – Big guitar riff, 70s funk horns; lyrical flow shifts between vocalists
8. 3:29 – fast, nutty norteño-ska bounce. Spanish lyrics, gets crazier as it goes
9. 5:10 – quick rhythm, relaxed vocal, acoustic guitars. A nice Cuban-style ballad
10. 3:39 – remix: cute vocal melody over a stripped-down, heavy beat; samba break!
11. 1:05 – jazzy solo piano intro to track 12…
12. 4:48 – hot midtempo salsa-funk, lots of horn action, good vocals and a piano solo
13. 4:40 – relaxed: really nice guitar picking turns into a sort of schmaltzy prom ballad

[ Fo ] – 05/17/2004


Track Listing
1.Believe 7.Saturday Night
2.Love and Hope 8.Dejame En Paz
3.Street Signs 9.Santiago
4.Who Discovered America? 10.Ya Viene El Sol
5.Who's to Blame 11.Dona Isabelle
6.Te Estoy Buscando 12.Nadie Te Tira
 13.Cuando Canto