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Album Review

One of the highlights of El Guapo's first Dischord release, Super/System, was its extremely experimental nature. It may not have fit right in with the standard fare put out by the D.C. label, but it was quite a solid listen. This time around, El Guapo has taken a much more conservative approach, sounding more like a band than a collective. The songs are more, well, songlike, and there are moments that are more in tune with the current underground music scene. While this change makes the band a bit more accessible, it's still a bit of a letdown. The songs are good, and easy to listen to, but part of the charm of El Guapo's first Dischord release was the way it excelled outside the bounds of standard song structures. Fake French is a solid record, but it's not the mindblower that one would have expected after Super/System.


Born: 1996 in Washington DC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Art rockers El Guapo first started in Washington, D.C., in 1996. Then consisting of only two members, they pressed on until adding a third in the fall of 2000. At this point, they had toured for years and had a solid sound down, so after releasing two independent...
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