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El Agua de la Vida

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Album Review

The name of this band is liable to raise misleading expectations, so let's take care of those first of all: If you approach this album expecting a melting-pot fusion of Celtic and Cuban musical styles, you will be disappointed (or, perhaps, relieved). What this band is really offering is Cuban music, in the middle of which you will occasionally be able to discern a fiddle, plectrum banjo, or whistle skirling out an Irish or Scottish melody. On tunes like "Cumbia Celtica" and "Whiskey con Ron," especially, the banjo and Uillean pipes have sort of a stapled-on feeling, as if they were thrown into the mix at the last moment and are having to take care not to be trampled by the big horn section and multi-layered Latin percussion. In short, this band's music is far more "salsa" than "Celtica." But really, so what? What matters is that the album rocks, swings, and bops relentlessly. This is one of the most exhilarating albums of the year; if "Sol de la Noche" and "Maestro" don't have you dancing around your living room with fruit on your head, you need your pulse checked, and the band's headlong take on "Auld Lang Syne" is both hilarious and brilliant. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews


Who knew that after watching the movie Driving Lessons I would be getting a music lesson. Scotland? Salsa? But it works! I couldn't help dancing after watching the scene in the salsa club. I had to find the song! Comprelo! Bailará!


Awesome album, Idanced all night long. This is true to the heritage and makes you feel so relaxed. I love the sound, i will be buying the next album!

A new take on salsa!

I just love Salsa Celtica ever since I heard their music on "Driving Lessons"! I highly recommend everyone to listen to their music, they are going to be huge!!!! :)


Genre: Música tropical

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When a band is said to be fusing Afro-Cuban salsa and Celtic music, someone who hasn't heard their work might expect either (1) something that is extremely unconventional, or (2) a total train wreck. But the music of Salsa Celtica is neither of those things; truth be told, Salsa Celtica is a solid, hard-swinging salsa band that just happens to be from Scotland. Their recordings have incorporated elements of Celtic music (both Scottish and Irish), and they have employed some instruments that are typically...
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El Agua de la Vida, Salsa Celtica
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