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Album Review

Although Richman's vocals have intermittently slipped into foreign tongues for years, Jonathan, Te Vas a Emocionar! is still a surprise: entirely sung in Spanish, the record is a charmer, transcending the language barrier with ease. Along with a few new originals and a handful of traditional Mexican tunes, the album primarily consists of loose Spanish reworkings of Richman favorites — I, Jonathan's "You Can't Talk to the Dude" becomes "No Te Oye," for example, while Having a Party's "Just for Fun" becomes "No Mas por Fun" and Jonathan Goes Country's "Reno" becomes, well, "Reno"; whatever the language, however, Richman remains his earnest, wistful self — none of his personality gets lost in the translation.

Biography

Born: 15 May 1951 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Jonathan Richman was one of rock's most eccentric and unpredictable cult figures, a performer whose eternally childlike public persona and seeming naiveté — typified by songs like "Ice Cream Man," "Hey There Little Insect" and "I'm a Little Aeroplane" — tended to obscure the dexterity and craft of his music, which skirted from garage rock to country to Latin stylings and back. Born May 15, 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts, Richman began playing guitar at the age of 15, and within a year...
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