Manu Chao

Nacional Records; September 2007

Globalista Manu Chao returns with his first studio album since 2001’s Proxima Estaci³n: Esperanza. A champion unifier who has inherited the anti-real politik pundit mantle of Bob Marley and The Clash, Chao once again takes on globalization, denounces Bush, gives kudos to the Zapatistas, and poetically preaches truth to power. Tunes sung in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Wolof, and Arabic can be dug on grooves like “Rainin’ in Paradize” and “Me Llaman Calle,” which incorporate ska, reggae, rumba, and fusions of world music with rock and dub-all in classic Chao style. While it might lack the impact of 1998’s Clandestino, or even Proxima Estaci³n, La Radiolina still speaks to the heart and the feet, reminding us that it’s ultimately all about el mismo sol para todas.


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