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Lakatos, Bela & The Gypsy Youth Project / Introducing Bela Lakatos & Gypsy Youth Project
Album:Introducing Bela Lakatos & Gypsy Youth Project Collection:World
Artist:Lakatos, Bela & The Gypsy Youth Project Added:10/2006
Label:World Music Network 

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Add Date:2006-12-31 Pull Date:2007-03-04 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-01-05 
Lakatos, Bela & the Gypsy Youth Project – Introducing…
Reviewed by Sadie O., 12/13/06
Hungarian Romany roots music – mostly vocals and percussion with a smattering of guitar/mandolin, often with the feel of a carousing song. Undertaken to preserve and perpetuate the rural music, done with a great deal of spirit and exhuberance. Many vocals are almost like skat singing – and check out the vocalized basslines on some tracks. Booklet has English translations, which are VERY weird.
No FCCs (all in Romany). I like 10 and 14 best.
1. **starts with solo whistling, then acoustic guitar etc. Jaunty midtempo bounce, almost a polka, pretty vocals, wedding song.
2. ***slow hand drums, solo female vocals, fun vocalized bassline. Simple, happy song. Gains speed over repetitions
3. **uptempo mandolins, mostly male chorus, solo female vocals. Happy and goofy song (but read the translated lyrics – yikes!)
4. *emotional solo male vocals, guitars and choral backing, no beat, quite intense hard times song.
5. **solo male vocals, then upbeat guitar and mandolin, song celebrating a son, very happy and a bit jazzy.
6. ***hand drums, male vocals, and vocalized bassline, great sound, rather awful lyrics, but at least they’re in Romany…
7. ***uptempo ditty with lots of vocals and mandolins, love song, big and joyous.
8. *solo male vocal and guitar, emotional lament, no beat.
9. **jaunty midtempo guitar and mandolins, has the feel of a line dance. Pretty harmonies, song about hardship.
10. ****solo male vocals, then upbeat guitar, unrequited love song (rather happy sounding for that, but whaddayagonnado), builds in speed and energy. Almost skat singing by the end.
11. **obviously happy male vocals and a bit of mandolin (check the lyric translation – nuts!)
12. *pretty low-key female vocals, beautiful and emotional, almost a hymn (in praise of a mother.)
13. ***solo male vocals, then vocalized basslines, no other instruments. Fun sound – song about nothinig much, really.
14. ****uptempo romp with acoustic guitar and lots of vocals, drinking and celebrating song. Crazy bit of vocal interchange, then a nice bit of something that might be a hurdy-gurdy.
15. ***upbeat and uptempo, more truly bizarre lyrics, but it sounds really fun. Rather manic, hyperactive polka feel, nice variety of vocals.

Track Listing
1.O Bijav 8.Korkorro Som
2.Pal O Foro 9.Del O Brishind...
3.Lina 10.Bilako Na Zhuvau
4.Shun Athe Mura Dola 11.Patave Baxtale
5.Muro Shavo Kiki 12.Puter Mama
6.Geri Romnji 13.Dimo
7.Autar Manca 14.Na Sutyom
 15.Po Drom